Kribi Port and Industrial Complex | Cameroon
The coastal town of Kribi in the Republic of Cameroon is strategically situated on the Gulf of Guinea about 200 miles south of Douala, the nation’s most populated city and home to its largest seaport.
To foster economic growth, the government of Cameroon seeks to improve the nation’s shipping industry and acquire new port capacities that are favorable to economic development.
The government of Cameroon launched a project to build a deep-water port with an associated industrial zone on a 26,000 hectare site near Kribi, to be known as the Kribi Port and Industrial Complex.
The Kribi Port Authority selected Louis Berger to supervise construction of the deep-water port and associated industrial zone. Louis Berger is responsible for construction supervision of earthworks for the deep water platform, technical control of detailed design, verification of construction plans, control and monitoring of all works packages, and technical control of plans for superstructures, terminal equipment and nautical facilities.
In addition, Louis Berger has prepared a plan for the spatial distribution, siting and allocation of port and industrial facilities and a study updating economic and financial feasibility.
The deep water port includes:
- A 265-meter-long multipurpose terminal with 1.5 million ton capacity, able to handle 200-meter-long ships.
- A 350-meter-long container terminal with 350,000 TEU capacity, able to handle 293-meter-long vessels.
- Two portal cranes, two quay side container cranes and five rubber-tired gantry cranes for handling containerized and non-containerized goods.
The associated industrial complex comprises:
- An extensive zone for heavy, medium and light industry.
- A modern residential city with housing for up to 300,000 people by the year 2040.
- New and improved transportation infrastructure.
The planned complex, located in the innermost part of the Gulf of Guinea, will improve Cameroon’s sea shipping industry by accommodating larger vessels for the following traffic: industrial materials, such as iron ore, alumina, aluminum and liquefied natural gas; hydrocarbons; import/export containers; and various other cargo.
Aimed at facilitating sustainable social and economic development, the Kribi Port and Industrial Complex project is expected to create many new jobs, while the regional investment in infrastructure will help increase tourism and trade.