Angola: Port of Lobito processes over 1.5 million tons of cargo in 2007

26 March 2008

Lobito, Angola, 26 March – The port of Lobito in 2007 processed over 1.5 million tons of varied cargo, with a real rise of 138,000 tons as compared with 2006, according to the director-general of the port company, José Carlos Gomes.

Speaking on the 80th anniversary of the port, on Monday, 24 March, Gomes said that 80 percent of the cargo processed by the company was raw materials for national industries and equipment for infrastructure reconstruction in Angola.

Gomes said he was awaiting the conclusion of the reconstruction of the Benguela railway, which is expected to boost port activities when it is in operation.

The port of Lobito has equipment with a capacity to unload 800 tons of cargo per day and is able to accommodate up to eight ships at a time.

In order to meet demand for goods, the port’s board plans, in the medium term, to build another quay for unloading ore for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia.

The creation of a dry dock for container goods, paving of the entire length of the port facilities, reconstruction of the railway and construction of a bridge are also amongst the projects outlined for the next few years, according to Gomes. (macauhub)