Since 2012, an inter-ministerial decree designates AMI CONGO as Maritime Agent for transporters of petroleum products in the DRC.
Here is a description of the services rendered by AMI CONGO at the KALAMU MUANDA OIL TERMINAL for the PERENCO group.
The AMI CONGO shipping agent begins by issuing the notice of arrival of the loading vessel to all port officials and State agents. It thus brings together all the officials who must work on the loading ship in order to complete the formalities of arrival and departure of the ship. Maritime Commissariat, Immigration, Hygiene Services, Customs, ANR, Pool of moorers and the Congolese Control Office (OCC). During the ship’s stopover, all the officials will go aboard to prepare their respective reports.
When the ship arrives at the port (or buoy 16), the hygiene officer is the first to get on board the ship for sanitary control. He ensures that there is no endemic and performs a systematic medical check-up. If everything is OK, he gives to the captain of the ship the FREE PRACTICE document which certifies that the ship is SAFE CLEAN. Access on board is now authorized.
The other officials get on board to complete the entry formalities.
- On the basis of the sailors’ diaries, the Commissariat Maritime reports on the members of the crew.
- The Immigration Service checks the visas of the crew members.
- Customs examines the refrigeration installations and the supply stores on board.
- The hygiene service checks international vaccination books and health checks.
CERTIFICATION OF CONFORMITY OF THE PRODUCT.
AMI CONGO begins by assisting the OCC (Congolese Office of Control) to obtain the compliant certification.
– Sample collection of petroleum products.
– Dispatch of samples to KILAU (SPA SOCIR) or to MATADI (OCC).
– Reception by email to the ship of the control report 2 hours later.
If the product is refused, the ship is ordered to leave with its cargo.
When the product is certified compliant by the inspection services, unloading can then proceed.
AMI CONGO CREATES “STATEMENT OF FACTS” (SOF) & “TIME SHEETS”.
During unloading, the AMI CONGO shipping agent draws up brief reports called STATEMENT OF FACTS (SOF) and TIME SHEETS. AMI CONGO sends the reports by e-mail to all the parties concerned: the shipowner, the charterer, the terminal and the petroleum inspectors designated by the shipowner and the charterer.
OBTAINING THE CERTIFICATE OF DEPARTURE.
The AMI CONGO shipping agent requests the departure certificate from the shipping office, which he generally obtains the day before the scheduled departure of the loading vessel, which can then return to sea.
UNLOADING: 3 DIFFERENT PROCEDURES ARE APPLICABLE :
The place of unloading depends on the draft of the ship compared to that of the river, in accordance with the limits circumscribed by the CVM (Congolese sea routes ex RVM). At 2 hours of navigation from the mouth of the river is located the Buoy 16, in deep water. It can accommodate ships with a deep draft.
- STRAIGHT NAVIGATION TO ANGO-ANGO.
Straight navigation by the river to ANGO ANGO (Matadi) for ships respecting the draft limits of the CVM (Congolese sea lanes ex RVM). Unloading at SEP CONGO, LEREXCOM PETROLEUM, or SPA COBIL facilities.
- ALLEVIATION AT THE BUOY 16.
Lightening by partial unloading of the ship to reach the draft standards set by the CVM (Congolese sea lanes ex RVM). Then, navigation by the river to ANGO ANGO (Matadi). Unloading at SEP CONGO, LEREXCOM PETROLEUM, or SPA COBIL facilities.
- UNLOADING AT THE BUOY 16
The product is loaded into the barges of SPA SOCIR which transports it to the tanks of its terminal located in KINLAU on the right bank of the river. 2 hours of navigation are necessary (+/- 25km or 14 nautical miles).
03. DEVELOPMENT OF STATISTICS BY AMI CONGO.
Once the product has been loaded for export, the AMI CONGO shipping agent collects all the reports relating to the unloading operation. It verifies all the data to establish the statistics which it sends each month to the ministry co-signatory of the interministerial decree of March 5, 2012 granting to AMI CONGO the mission of representation of oil tankers in import as in export.
ARRETE INTER-MINISTERIEL N° 010/CAB/MIN-HYD/CMK/2012 (Ministère des hydrocarbures), N° 409/CAB/MIN/TVC/003/2012 (MINISTERE DES TRANSPORTS ET VOIES DE COMMUNICATION) ET N° 003/CAB/MIN/COM/2012 (MINISTERE DU COMMERCE) DU 05 MARS 2012 PORTANT DESIGNATION DE L’AGENCE MARITIME CONGOLAISE ET INTERNATIONALE, “A.M.I CONGO” EN QUALITE D’AGENT MARITIME DES TRANSPORTEURS DU PETROLE BRUT ET DES PRODUITS PETROLIERS A L’EXPORTATION ET A L’IMPORTATION EN REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO.
Since 2012, the contract by tacit agreement has been subject to 3 reassessments. Each time, the evaluation was positive. AMI CONGO provides fast service to avoid excessive immobilization of ships supplying the DRC with petroleum products. In addition, the production of statistics is fluid which satisfies the services of the State.
Many congratulatory letters attest to the performance of AMI CONGO, here are some examples.