Banana, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Banana
Banana is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Banana
Banana
Location in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates: 6°1′S 12°25′E / 6.017°S 12.417°E / -6.017; 12.417
Country Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Democratic Republic of the Congo
Province Bas-Congo

Banana is a small seaport in the Bas-Congo province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the Atlantic coast. The port is situated in Banana Creek, an inlet about 1km wide on the north bank of the Congo River's mouth, separated from the ocean by a spit of land 3km long and 100 to 400m wide. The port is located on the creek side of the spit, which shelters it from the ocean. It is about 8km south-east of Muanda to which it is connected by a paved road running along the coast.

Facilities[edit]

The port of Banana consists of one wharf of 75 m and depth 5.18 m, with two small cranes for cargo handling, and a few small jetties.The port has an oil terminal 4 km further upriver, to which tankers discharge while at anchor in the creek. The terminal has a quite separate road access east of Muanda. There are no major facilities in Banana apart from the port, since these are provided by the much larger town of Muanda, where the nearest airport is located. There is no rail link.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Banana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 31
(87)
31
(87)
31
(88)
31
(88)
30
(86)
27
(81)
26
(78)
26
(78)
27
(80)
28
(83)
29
(85)
30
(86)
29
(84)
Average low °C (°F) 24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(76)
24
(75)
23
(73)
21
(69)
19
(66)
19
(66)
22
(71)
23
(74)
24
(75)
24
(75)
23
(73)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 28
(1.1)
168
(6.6)
150
(6)
140
(5.5)
107
(4.2)
3
(0.1)
3
(0.1)
3
(0.1)
3
(0.1)
10
(0.4)
94
(3.7)
69
(2.7)
772
(30.4)
Source: Weatherbase[1]
Landing in Banana, Congo (1899)

History[edit]

The town was developed as a port in the 19th century, largely as part of the slave trade. Henry Morton Stanley arrived at Banana in 1879 at the start of an exploratory expedition funded by Léopold II of Belgium. Following the Conference of Berlin (1884–85) the European powers recognized Léopold's claim to the Congo basin, and in a ceremony at Banana in 1885 the king announced the establishment of the Congo Free State, headed by himself, beginning the period of European colonization. Banana was the main Belgian naval base of the Congo until independence in 1960.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Banana, Republic of Congo". Weatherbase. 2011.  Retrieved on November 24, 2011.

External links[edit]

  • "Port Information". Archived from the original on 2006-11-04. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 

Coordinates: 6°01′S 12°25′E / 6.017°S 12.417°E / -6.017; 12.417