Port of GMBJL

Banjul Port (GMBJL)

Port Code GMBJL City Banjul
Port Name BANJUL Country/Region Gambia
Category Port City Route WEST AFRICA
Nearby Main Port Inland Transport
Official Website Port Type Feeder Port

Introduction of Banjul Port (GMBJL)


Port of Banjul (GM) is located on the southern bank of the Gambia estuary on the western coast of the Gambia, at the eastern end of the island of Saint Mary (SAINT MARY), on the verge of The east side of the Atlantic Ocean. Also known as Bathurst (BATHURST), it is the largest port of Gambia. It is the capital of Gambia and the political, economic, transportation and cultural center of the country. The main industries are oil extraction, textiles, fish processing and peanut shelling. Banjul has convenient transportation. It passes through the Gambia River ferry. There is a highway connecting the highway across the Gambia and connecting with the Senegal highway. The port is about 23km away from YUNDUM International Airport . There are regular flights to West African countries such as London, Dakar, Bissau, Monrovia, Freetown , Accra and Lagos, but no domestic routes. .   

The port has a tropical rainforest climate, with north to northerly wind prevailing. The annual average temperature is about 27°C, with the highest being 41°C and the lowest being 7°C. There are 50 rainy days every year. The annual average rainfall is about 1150mm, and the rainy season is from June to October. The average spring tide rises 1.8m, and the small tide rises 1.2m.   

There are 4 main berths in the port area, with a coastline of 487m and a maximum water depth of 12m. The loading and unloading equipment includes various shore cranes, truck cranes, bargesand tugs, among which the truck crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 30 tons and can handle containers. The maximum power of the tug is 735kW. The port area has a covered warehouse of 840 square meters and a storage yard of 8000 square meters (for containers and bulk cargo). The water depth of the large ship anchorage reaches 26m. In 1992, the container throughput was 24,000 TEU. The main export goods are peanuts, palm fruit and peanut oil, and the main imported goods are cotton, textiles, rice, sugar, machinery and tobacco. Holidays include New Year's Day, Independence Day, Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and Islamic holidays. Islamic holidays generally do not work.

Port overview

Banjul Port is under the management of the Gambia Port Authority. Located 26 kilometers away from the Atlantic Ocean, the northern bank of the Gambia River has 16 degrees latitude and 16 degrees latitude, and 16 degrees and 34 degrees north latitude. It is one of the busiest waterways in the world. Banjul Port is the main seaport, which is the seaborne trade of Gambia. It accounts for nearly 90% of the country’s total foreign trade volume and weight. Therefore, it is the main gateway to the Gambia economy.

A booming and vibrant port, Banjul Port was established in 1972. Banjul Port has been recognized for many years as one of the safest and most effective ports in West Africa. Banjul Port provides fast, reliable and value-for-money services.

The port has complete facilities and can use modern equipment and technology to handle all types of cargo. This infrastructure combines competitive tariffs, comprehensive utilization of information technology and professionals, to ensure that customers always provide quality services.

Banjul Port is strategically located close to the main routes and is regularly serviced by mature conferences and independent routes. The long tradition of close cooperation between ports and customs, immigration, health and shipping agencies allows our services to be delivered smoothly and efficiently.

Banjul Port is unparalleled in Africa due to its simplified trade document procedures. The port is heavily sheltered and has no record of pirates, making it one of the safest places in the area.

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Summary of GMBJL

Banjul Port (port code: GMBJL) is the largest port of Gambia. Located on the eastern end of St Mary's Island on the River Gambia, 26 nautical miles from the sea, and approximately 40 nautical miles southeast of Dakar, it is the gateway to west Africa.
The multipurpose port has facilities for handling containers, break bulk, liquid and dry bulk, Ro-Ro, as well as neo-bulk cargoes. It handles approximately 973,000t of cargo annually. The main exports leaving this port include general cargo, textile, fish and fish products, hides, skins and other manufactured goods. The principal imports entering this port are sugar, rice, flour, cement and liquid bulk products.
The types of vessels regularly calling at this port are cargo vessels, accounting for about 67%; and fishing vessels, taking up around 17%. The maximum length of the vessels recorded to having entered this port is 214 meters. The maximum draught is 10.1 meters. The maximum deadweight is 63,532t.

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