Lobito port administration plans to build new dock

29 March 2007

Benguela, Angola, 29 March – The administration of the port of Lobito in Angola plans to build a new dock in the next five years for loading mining products from some Southern African countries, according to the port’s director general José Carlos Gomes.

Speaking to the press, Gomes said that the reconstruction of the Benguela railroad, gave the company good prospects as soon goods from some countries in the region could be loaded at that port.

The creation of a dry dock for container goods an vehicles is a measure taken to prevent goods congestion at the main port area, due to the number of ships expected over the next few years.

In 2006 the port saw over 800 long haul and fishing vessels dock at its facilities. The port currently has a dock with a capacity for eight long haul ships.

Lobito port was born of the need for countries such as Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and others from the interior of Southern Africa to ship their goods. (macauhub)