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Port de Bujumbura : le trafic maritime se densifie de nouveau

Début de ce mois, dix bateaux ont accosté dans le port de Bujumbura dans un petit intervalle de temps. De quoi réconforter la société concessionnaire de ce port, Global Port Services Burundi, GPSB.

Des bateaux immatriculés en RD Congo et  au Burundi. 1er mars, arrive « MV Bihanga » avec 11,4 tonnes de clinker, matière première entrant dans la fabrication du ciment de Burundi Cement Company (Buceco).  Le bateau « Sagamba » était arrivé la veille avec 1.200 tonnes de clinker et 3 tonnes de manioc sec.  A leur arrivée, des camions de  la société Buceco attendaient dans le vaste parking de GPSB, près des grues pour charger le produit. Pas de perte de temps au port. Aussitôt un bateau arrivé, il est presqu’aussitôt déchargé.

Pour revenir à la fréquentation du port,  ce même jour du 1er mars, « MV Byamwezi », un bateau flambant neuf immatriculé au Congo jetait l’ancre dans le port de Bujumbura pour la première fois. Cargaison : 1.500 tonnes de  ciment.  Le 6 mars  arrivera   le  « MV Asifiwe 2 », un bateau immatriculé lui aussi au Congo. Il  transportait  950 tonnes de sucre. Le  lendemain, ce fut  le tour de  « Teza », « Tora » et « Rwegura »,  des bateaux immatriculés au Burundi d’arriver au port de Bujumbura. Total de la cargaison : 2.500 tonnes de ciment.

Service rapide  et lueur au bout du tunnel

A Chaque arrivé de bateau, le personnel de GPSB est mobilisé pour rendre le meilleur service de manutention.  « Le déchargement peut prendre un ou deux jours ». Témoigne David Mbondo, capitaine du bateau « MV Asifiwe 2. Le marin ajoute que  son bateau fait deux ou trois tours par mois entre le port de Bujumbura et le port de Mpulungu en Zambie « pour peu que la marchandise à transporter soit  disponible ».

Au sujet justement de la disponibilité des marchandises,  armateurs et GPSB  peuvent rêver de  lendemain qui chantent. Selon le  président de l’Association des Commerçants du Burundi (Acobu),  Antoine Muzaneza,  il y a bel et bien reprise de l’activité économique au Burundi après l’année sombre de 2015. Le ballet des  navires sur le lac Tanganyika  en est une preuve  indiscutable.  Il ajoute que la reprise ne se remarque pas seulement dans la densification du cargo maritime. Elle se traduit aussi par des cortèges  de camions chargés de  marchandises sur la RN1 Kayanza-Bujumbura et sur la RN2 Gitega-Bujumbura.

Selon M. Muzaneza, le trafic lacustre sur le Tanganyika a de beaux jours devant lui. « Il est  rapide et peu onéreuse par rapport au trafic routier », fait-il observer. Et de regretter que le rail Kigoma-  Dar-Es-Salaam ne soit pas encore au point pour que les commerçants burundais et même de la sous-région commencent à exploiter et ce chemin de fer et le lac Tanganyaka. «  Avec ce chemin de fer et le  lac,  nous allons gagner au moins 80% des frais de transport ».

Au port de Bujumbura,  les autorités de GPSB se félicitent de cette reprise économique et sont confiantes que le trafic lacustre ira s’intensifiant.

Signalons que GPSB dispose de nombreux et volumineux hangars  de déchargement  des marchandises et cette société rassure ses clients qu’elle est bien  outillée pour les opérations de manutention des n’importe quel nombre de bateaux qui seront au port de Bujumbura.

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GPSB : des vœux dans l’allégresse

Le personnel de la société concessionnaire du port de Bujumbura, Global  Port Services Burundi (GPSB) a échangé les vœux de nouvel an  vendredi 24 février au bar « La Pirogue ».

Immense joie  des  employés de GPSB qui communiaient avec leur directeur général au bord du lac Tanganyika, non loin du port de Bujumbura.  Un invité inhabituel : le DG de l’Autorité maritime, portuaire et ferroviaire (AMPF), Gérard Nyandwi.

« Je voudrais vous transmettre des vifs remerciements de la part du conseil d’administration de Global Port Services Burundi et de l’Assemblée Générale des Actionnaires pour les activités que vous avez réalisées au cours de l’année 2016 », a dit Ir Bonaventure Sinzobakwira, directeur général de GPSB.  Après avoir souhaité les vœux les meilleurs  au personnel, le DG a exprimé sa joie de voir que son homologue de l’AMPF a accepté d’être lui-même présent à ce rendez-vous ; les relations entre ces deux directions générales n’ayant pas été des meilleurs avant la prise de fonction de M. Nyandwi à l’AMPF.

«Je suis enchanté d’être assis avec le  directeur général de  l’AMPF, chose impensable en  2016 »

Prenant la parole, le DG de l’AMPF  promettra  de toujours développer  les  bonnes relations entre ces deux institutions. « Ce qui nous unit, ce sont les lois qui nous régissent », martèlera-t-il.

De son côté, le représentant des travailleurs  saluera l’initiative de la direction de GPSB de mettre les travailleurs ensemble,  brisant ainsi la routine qui veut que, le reste de l’année, les employés soient unis principalement  par le service. Et de souhaiter qu’à la prochaine occasion, le personnel puisse partager cette joie de communier autour d’un verre avec les conjoints.

 

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Imported vehicles are no longer declared to the port of Bujumbura. Worries GPSB

Imported vehicles do no more pass to the port of Bujumbura for clearance operations. Worries of the Global Port Services Burundi (GPSB), the dealer of that port.

A statement of the Burundi Office of Avenue that came out on Friday 19 September: “From the 19th of September 2016, all the imported vehicles via the Dar Es Salaam port will be declared following the unique custom territory procedure”.

This means that, contrary to what was still common, the declaration of vehicles to the destination of Bujumbura has to be done when those vehicles are still on the Tanzanian port. All rights are paid by the declarant who is in Bujumbura. The data communication between the  BOR and its staff based in Dar Es Salaam is done by the computer system called Asycuda World.

When the vehicle arrives at the office based in Kobero on the border withTanzania, it only for the reason of getting a plate that the owner has already paid for.  This means that vehicles no longer have to go back to the port of Bujumbura, the place of great consumption marked on the required documents by the custom.

This new measure makes easier the particulars’ work who import vehicles from abroad; the same is true to the declarants. Still, there is a little similarity: “We lose 100 thousand for the act of declaring at the post of Kobero”, entrust some of the declarants at the port of Bujumbura.

Necessity of accompanying measures

A big concern to the GPSB. “ What are the measures that are already established to protect public infrastructures (as the port of Bujumbura) that facilitate the customs clearance service?”

GPSB has effectively something to claim about the new measures that have reduced the number of its customers(for sure, the vehicles clearance at the port does not bring much incomes to the society) while it makes all that it can in investing and then make the port more modern. The GPSB concern is  more much justified as we know that the measure came out after a the Commissioner General of Burundi office of Avenue (BOA) memorandum on the 18 August. The note was about prohibiting goods clearance to the offices in non-intended areas to the consumption of goods. But for most of the imported goods, the port of Bujumbura is their final destination.

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Adapted cranes at the port of Bujumbura, to facilitate the movement of goods

The unloading services at the port of Bujumbura are multiple and varied depending on the nature and weight of the goods. GPSB as the dealer company has a range of gears well-adapted to each task for a better service of its customers.

“We believe we are well equipped to accomplish all the tasks and services of a modern port. In fact, the port of Bujumbura is the largest and most equipped port on Lake Tanganyika”, resources from the GPSB.
This is not a self-glorification at all. As a proof: the company loads a total of 980 tons of diverse merchandises per day; and it has always been up to the task.
To handle all this volume, in addition to the 45T TEREX- Chariot for lifting containers of all dimensions, GPSB owns 9 small 4.5 ton forklift trucks. These are used for unloading trucks and for placing goods on pallets destined to enter the storage hangars.
GPSB also operates “KARMAR”, a machine of 25 tons of capacity. Apart from that, GPSB also uses “TAYLOR” with a capacity of 20 tons. All these machines have forks to unload the 20-foot containers.

Port wharf cranes

The GPSB has also a mobile wheeling crane “PINGUELY”, a crane adapted to the packaging of various weights up to 80 tons. It has also four “TITAN” brand dock cranes used in the unloading of goods arriving by boat with a capacity of 4.5 tons each.

Lastly, the port of Bujumbura has a “DERRICK” brand fixed crane with a capacity of 50 tons for handling heavy containers and packages arriving by boat.

Note that the GPSB machines can be rented by customers who would prefer them for their efficiency and robustness.

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TEREX has revolutionized handling at the port of Bujumbura

Suitable for loading and unloading goods in containers of 45 tons, TEREX is a motorized machine that can handle 20 containers an hour to satisfy all customers. This is the initiative of Global Port Service Burundi (GPSB) to modernize the port of Bujumbura.

“Time is money”. The dealer company of the port of Bujumbura- GPSB has understood that English maxim; and has therefore brought TEREX to facilitate handling operations. “With the new machine, the importer saves time”, Pacifique Sibomana’s testimony, secretary general of the Federal Chamber of Business and Industry of Burundi (FCBIB).
GPSB company is doubly satisfied with TEREX services. First, the company is at its customers’ service , and once these customers are satisfied with the TEREX services, then the GPSB is satisfied. Moreover, before starting using the TEREX, handling goods was not easy. GPSB was using  three operators on a machine called “Pinguery”; but with the new machine, the company employs only one operator, says Jésus-Marie Uwimana, Engineer and Head of technical service at GPSB . Above all, GPSB is satisfied with the TELEX charges.
GPSB can only be in its turn.

Note that the port of Bujumbura has to handle at least 980 discharged tons per day; a work that has been simplified by TEREX: a revolution then at the port of Bujumbura with TEREX.

 

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GPSB: 60 firefighters at the port of Bujumbura

Global Port Services Burundi (GPSB), the dealer of that port, has decided to set up a firefighters team to prevent and even fight against fire when broken out.
“The purpose of preventing is the one that has pushed us to set up this great team,” said the Director General of the GPSB, Bonaventure Sinzobakwira on Friday November 18th.
According to him, the establishment of this fire-fighters brigade was highly necessary as 920 tons are unloaded every day, either 500 thousand tons per year in the 9 hangars of the port storage. The initiative has come to strengthen the customers’ goods security. Let us mention that GPSB has installed several surveillance cameras with a sentinels team; day and night.

Modernizing the port
The establishment of the firefighters team is one of the activities that are part of the modernization of the port of Bujumbura to meet the needs of all its users. GPSB has already renewed its unloading equipment for heavy weights. It is now equipped with several handling machines: 4 titan cranes of 4.5 tons, 1 derrick of 50 tons, 1 Pinguely of 80 tons, 1 Terrex of 45 tons, 9 trolleys Hyster of 4.5 tons, 1 Kalmar Of 25 tons, 1 Taylor of 29 tons.
As a matter of fact, the port of Bujumbura is the only one equipped on the shore of Tanganyika to receive more goods; after the port of Dar-Es-Salam. This is a strategic point to develop trade in the northern axis; and even central of the Great Lakes region.
GPSB customers are offered diversified services: handling goods arriving by boat or truck, unloading and loading, weighing of goods, stocks, towing/mooring of empty or full vessels, guarding of all their customers goods and some others. It provides reliable service with its professional staff: 171 employees deployed in departments as needed.
Note also that GPSB has developed partnerships with other institutions: a decentralized bureau of Burundi Office of Revenue to the in-house, banks and declarants’ offices, etc.

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