Six vessels can be berthed and operated at the same time. The cargo handling MTs includes container volume. The channel draft is 11 meters; the longest vessel size should not be more than 236 meters. The port is not congested. There is no established priority for humanitarian cargo. The average waiting time between arrival and berthing is 0.6 day per Freetown Terminal Ltd.
Seasonal Constraints Yes / No From <month> to <month>
Rainy Season Yes June to October
Major Import Campaign Yes November to December
Other; Ramadan Yes During the month of Ramadan


Handling Figures: Freetown Terminal Ltd Year: 2014
Vessel Calls: 192
Container Traffic: (TEUs) 84,665
Handling Figures: Sierra Leone Port Authority Year: 2014
Vessel Calls: 559
Container Traffic: (TEUs) 83,419
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Year:
Bulk: 2014
Bulk (MT): 214,298
Break Bulk (MT): 579,730
Type of Berth Quantity Conventional Berth 3 320 9.5
Container Berth 2 380 10.0
Silo Berth No Berthing Tugs 1 (Not functioning) Water Barges No
Length (m) Maximum Draft (m)

From berths 1-2 is 400 meters’ length and berths 3 – 6 is 713 meters in length. The total length overall is 1,113 meters. Berths 1 – 3 is usually reserved for break-bulk vessels and general cargoes, whiles berths 4 – 6 is considered for container vessels as that is the area where you will find the container stacking yards. However, WFP had in the past been given a priority berthing for break-bulk vessels alongside berth 4 opposite our port warehouse. No bulk or break-bulk has been received over the last 5 years. This mutual agreement was understood between the Port and WFP in order to assist us on our discharge operation and curtail pilferage to a minimum. Due to lack of dredging in the port, the draft limit is falling. Nowadays, masters notice their vessels sitting on muddy surface while berthed alongside, especially berths 4, 5 and 6.
Cargo Type Berth Identification
Imports - Bagged Cargo All
Exports - Bagged Cargo All
Imports and Exports - RoRo 3-6
Other Imports - All
The 20-year concession includes plans to renovate and modernize the container terminal. Bolloré Africa Logistics, which now employs hundreds of people at the terminal, has started a wide range of developments, including: refurbishment of the container wharf, introduction of secured, computerized management and delivery of appropriate modern handling equipment. Bolloré Africa Logistics plans to pursue its investment to ensure that its customers enjoy optimal service, while doubling the volumes handled within the next five years.

Facilities 20 ft 40 ft
Container Facilities Available Yes Yes
Container Freight Station (CFS) No No
Refrigerated Container Stations Yes Yes


Other Capacity Details
Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers per day) ~250 TEU
Number of Reefer Stations (connection points) 72
Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication) 25%
Off take capacity of gang shift (in Containers per shift) 380 moves
Normal capacity 2768 TEU + N/A
Limited warehousing capacity in the Port which obliges the direct delivery for bulk cargoes Storage Type.
Number of Storage Facilities Area (square meters)
Bagged Cargo
Yes for WFP
Refrigerated Cargo
General Cargo