Port Infrastructure

Pointe Noire is the seaport for the Congo, on the western coast of Africa on the Gulf of Guinea 150km north of the mouth of Congo River. Nicknamed "Porte Oceane of Central Africa" the port rests on a natural outlet to the Atlantic. The port of Pointe-Noire, whose construction started on 11 July 1934 following the official inauguration of the Congo-Ocean Railway, was brought into service on 1 April 1939. The port is the natural outlet on the Atlantic ocean for a vital communication axis in equatorial Africa, stretching from Pointe-Noire to Bangui and Ndjamena, through the CFCO rail line, the river line (Bassin Congo-Oubangui-Sangha), and parts of the networks of CAR, Chad, Cameroon, Gabon, Angola and RDC.

Nowadays Pointe-Noire port is one of the few deep water ports in West Africa, up to 13.20m and can accommodate larger vessels up to 234m in length. Entry and exit access are through a basin with an area of 84ha which opens into a 280m wide bay, extended by an access channel with a length of 1,200 m dredged to 11.50 m.

The port area is composed of 900-ha, of which 400-ha are reserved for extensions and the industrial zone. There are 15-ha dedicated to warehousing and 11.7-ha as a container park. The Port of Pointe-Noire operates 24 hours 7 days a week. There is a total of 4,830m of quay space for general cargo and bulk berthage. There are also ore, timber, and lighter berths. The designated container berth is 250m long and has a 200-ton per hour loading capacity. There are fixed cranes with capacity of up to 50-ton.

Port of Pointe-Noire

  • One of the best natural deepwater ports in SSA in good operational conditions
  • Institutional Framework. Service port under a 27-year concession with a target to expand port to receive large vessels (up to 6,000 TEU)
  • Modernization plan: extend container terminal, rehabilitate wharfs and warehouses, drainage and electricity supply networks, construct a timber yard. Performance.
  • Productivity is being increased by the improvment of the custom and logistics procedures.

It offers its clients the following services:

  • Towing and pilotage
  • Ship repair with a slip way with a capacity of 700 tons and a ship repair facility
  • Freshwater/oil bunkering
  • Handling, transport, storage, by experienced private operators

Traffic figures:

  • Approx. exports of 2,200,000t and imports of 640,000t are handled annually
  • The traffic capacity within this site is estimated at 5-6 million tonnes per year.

Congo-Ocean Railway

The Congo-Ocean Railway (COR; French: Chemin de fer Congo-Océan, CFCO) links the Atlantic port of Pointe-Noire (now in the Republic of Congo) with Brazzaville, a distance of 502 kilometres. It bypasses the rapids on the Congo River; from Brazzaville river boats are able to ascend the Congo River and its major tributaries, including the Oubangui River to Bangui.

The Congo has signed a deal with a Korean-led consortium to construct 1500 km of new railways and renovate an existing 500 km line in the Central African state.

Under the deal, the Congo-Malaysia-Korea Consortium (CMKC) railway construction consortium has exclusive rights to develop iron ore, oil, gas and forestry concessions in north and south-west Congo near the lines.