Angola: Port of Luanda to process 6.6 million tonnes of cargo in 2009

30 December 2008

Luanda, Angola, 30 Dec – The port of Luanda, in Angola, in 2009 is expected to process over 6.6 million tonnes of cargo, the chairman of the port’s management company said Monday.

Sílvio Vinhas, cited by Angolan news agency Angop, said that, in order for this target to be reached measures to decongest the port would need to be taken in the first quarter of 2009.

Na average of 35 ships wait in Luanda Bay each day for a vacancy allowing them to enter the port.

With a view to solving the congestion problems the port management company has proposed to increase port tariffs, particular those on storage.

Silvio Vinhas also said that the measures to reduce traffic could include greater use of the dry port, the 300 metre dock under construction in the expansion area of the current port, increased production by terminal operators and processing of goods by importers.

The public company that manages the port of Luanda has said that by 2015 the capital’s port will be stretched beyond its capacity.

The new port of Luanda, built some 30 kilometres from the capital, is expected to go into operation at that time.

The Angolan government has earmarked US$105 million for the 2006-2010 period for port investments, namely construction of a new container terminal with 300 metres of dock and a capacity of 4,000 containers. (macauhub)