Cabinda, Angola, 1 June – More than US$5 million are to be invested before 2008 in the acquisition of equipment to improve safety and assistance of ships at the Port of Cabinda and boost its administrative services, according to Angolan news agency Angop.
The material to be acquired includes a barge, container ships, tug boats, inspection rafts, weighbridges, stackers, cranes, sea marking buoys and office equipment.
According to the Port of Cabinda Strategic Development Plan, cited by the agency, the initiative is part of efforts to modernize and improve safety of ships, goods and people entering and exiting the port and in order to increase turnover and drive the economy of the province and the country.
By the end of 2008, the directors of the Port of Cabinda hopes to obtain certification in two important areas of port activity: Sea safety and Environmental Management, which will improve the port’s image and ensure the international credibility of the institution.
The projects, which began two years ago, also include dragging and maintenance of the bay, whilst making use of the material removed for land fill of 330,000 square meters for building a cargo warehouse and for paving a 7,000 square meter area of the port in order to build a park.
As part of the same project, the lighting of the port has already been concluded making it possible to carry out night time operations and use rafts to insect the nearby sea area. (macauhub)