The Kribi Port

Presentation

A major project of the seven-year “Greater Achivements” of President Paul Biya, the Port of Kribi aims at becoming a vital port and logistics platform in the Central African subregion and even in the rest of the Gulf of Guinea. The dimensions and building of the insfrastructure were therefore developed accordingly.

 

With its top-notch infrastructure, namely wharfs with 16-meter depth, the port of Mboro can accomodate vessels of groundbreaking range in Western and Central Africa, that measure up to 400 meters and carry around 100,000 tons of products. In addition, it has modern and efficient tools, namely as concerns shipping and handling. In accordance with the national port legislative and regulatory framework, the Port of Kribi granted concession private operators with international reputation and high expertise, so as to ensure good quality services. The combination of quality infrastrucutre and inured operators should therefore warrant vessels and cargo in transit, the provision of services complying with international standards.

In addition to the above-mentioned assets, the centrale positioning of the Port of Kribi in the Gulf of Guinea enables the port to catch traffic flows from and towards land-locked countries. Well aware of the competitive environment  that single out the West African coastline, Cameroonian authorities have embarked on tax, legal, tariff and customs reforms in order to create a conducive environment to develop transit and transshipment traffics.

It is worth mentioning that servicing on Cameroon coastline by high capacity vessels will disrupt the maritime freight market bound to and from the hinterland. Economic operators will therefore benefit from reduced transport costs and a direct access to new destinations.

It is commonly acknowledged that free circulation of information is a key competitive factor for a port. Hence the Port of Kribi adopted an information system that enable all users  to have real time relevant information in a bid to optimise free traffic of vessels and cargoes. Furthermore, the system will ensure the attainment of  remarkable performance in terms of security, safety and reliability.

Still in the vein to offer a comprehensive service to economic operators, the developement of an area next to the Port is underway. This area will be dedicated to value-added logistic activities and light industrial activities. In this regard, the Port will be able to offer renting of a comprehensive range of serviced warehouses, offices ou pieces of undeveloped land.

Characteristics

  • Depth: 16 meters
  • Ship channel:
    • Width: 200 meters
    • Swinging area: 600 meters
    • Seawall: 1150 meters
    • Quay: 615 meters
    • Multipurpose terminal: 276 meters
    • Container terminal: 394 meters
  • Maximum capacity: vessel of 100,000 tons

Competitive advantage

  • Internationnaly reputed partners that ensure high quality services
  • Competitive pricing
  • Excellent sea and navigation conditions
  • Privileged geographically strategic position

Some historic dates

  • 2005: Completion of a feasibility study for the development of a deep-sea port in the southern part of Kribi
  • 2008: Decision of the government of Cameroon on the implementation of the construction project of a deep sea port in Mboro
  • 2011: Signature of a funding agreement for the construction of the port. Start-up of work
  • 2014: Accomodation of the first vessel in Kribi deep sea port and delivery of the first phase of the general Port
  • 2016: Set-up of the Management body of the Port of Kribi
  • 22 juin 2017: Arrival of Medi Lisbon, the first commercial vessel anchoring at the Port of Mboro