Feasibility Study to Enhance Transport & Trade Connectivity on Lake Kivu

Feasibility Study to Enhance Transport & Trade Connectivity on Lake Kivu


TMEA supported the Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA) to enhance transport & trade connectivity on Lake Kivu. The objective of the study awarded to HPC (in JV with Sellhorn Ingenieursgesellschaft mbH) was to develop a ferry and vessel transport system on Lake Kivu, capable of high-speed access between the centres of Rubavu, Karongi and Rusizi, and subsidiary ports, to provide increased water-based transport connectivity for Rwanda initially, and subsequently to develop new access of cross-border trade directly across Lake Kivu to the (DRC).

Tasks Performed

  • Assessment of passenger and cargo flows and trade patterns
  • Identification of the main transport and trade corridors
  • Traffic forecasts for passengers and cargo
  • Identification of relevant ports in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Planning of relevant ports’ infrastructure
  • Proposal of an operations concept
  • Economic and financial analyses


HPC provided TMEA with a  profound basis to develop a high-speed ferry and vessel transport on Lake Kivu and thus improve transport and trade connectivity in the region.

HPC's Expertise:
Inland Ports, RoRo Terminals, Ferry Terminals, Financial Studies

Kigali, Rwanda

TradeMark East Africa (TMEA)

Financed by:

12/2016 - 10/2017

Project Team

Dr. Elisabeth Schoppmann
Dr. Elisabeth Schoppmann

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