Rehabilitation of Ports on Lake Tanganyika

Preliminary design for rehabilitaion of two ports in Africa

In 2010 NIRAS FRAENKEL were commissioned by the African Development Bank to prepare preliminary designs and cost estimates for urgent rehabilitation works needed at two ports on Lake Tanganyika
Tags: Port Facility Management

Rehabilitation of Ports, Lake Tanganyika - Africa

In 2010 NIRAS FRAENKEL were commissioned by the African Development Bank to prepare preliminary designs and cost estimates for urgent rehabilitation works needed at two ports on Lake Tanganyika: Mpulungu Port in Zambia and Bujumbura Port in Burundi.

Inspection and assessment of port facilities was carried out in August 2010 and following this, recommendations for urgent works were submitted to the Bank and preliminary designs and cost estimates were prepared.

Mpulungu Port



Located at the southern end of the lake, Mpulungu Port has three separate dilapidated sheet piled jetties at the western side of the port and an oil jetty to the east. Our recommendations for urgent works at Mpulungu Port were to merge the three separate sheet piled jetties into a single sheet piled quay frontage 200m in length to accommodate up to three lake cargo vessels at a time. The reclamation necessary behind the quay face would be paved and connected to access roads within the port. These recommendations have been accepted by the Bank and the Government of Zambia and detailed design will commence shortly.

Bujumbura Port



Bujumbura Port in Burundi is located at the extreme north-east corner of the lake, and the port facilities are centred around the port basin which is dredged to 6m depth. The main quay is a gravity structure around 60 years in age. There is a container quay to the north-west side of the basin and a petroleum quay formed of straight web sheet pile ring cells. The petroleum quay is partially filled in as a result of siltation from a nearby river discharging into the lake. We proposed to construct a protective groyne adjacent to the jetty and then to dredge to a depth suitable for regular usage by lake vessels. This work will be carried out at the same time as river training works under a separate aid project.

 

 

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