|Maritime access to Congo - State of affairs|
Peters, J.J. (2010). Maritime access to Congo - State of affairs. Meded. Zitt. K. Acad. Overzeese Wet. = Bull. séances Acad. r. sci. O.-m. 56(3): 305-321
In: Mededelingen der zittingen van de Koninklijke Academie voor Overzeese Wetenschappen = Bulletin des séances de l'Académie royale des sciences d'Outre-mer. Koninklijke Academie voor Overzeese Wetenschappen: Bruxelles. ISSN 0001-4176, more
Accessibility; Dredging; Ports; Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo R. [Marine Regions]; Marine
On 5 December 1986, our Academy organized a symposium "Maritime Access to Zaire", in which the problems and actions in relation with the accessibility of the maritime ports of Matadi and Boma were presented. Since 1968, the hydraulic labor - atories at Borgerhout and Châtelet have provided assistance to the Régie des Voies Maritimes (RVM) for improving the management of dredging operations in the Région Divagante (wandering area) in the maritime reach of the Congo River. This technical assistance, financed by the Belgian Cooperation, came to a halt in 1988 and the country has experienced since then troubled times which have created difficulties in the running of RVM. Moreover, the mobility of river channels and sandbars has forced RVM to open new fairways. The depths for navigation drop regularly under the acceptable limit and shipping companies complain about that. Today, the issue of maritime access to the Democratic Republic of Congo is raising again with acuteness.