Angola: Port of Lobito processes over 564,000 tonnes of cargo in first quarter

25 March 2009

Lobito, Angola, 25 March – The trading port of Lobito in Angola dealt with 564 million tonnes of cargo unloaded from 103 ships in the first quarter of the year, the port’s director, José Carlos Gomes said Tuesday.

Gomes, who was speaking on the occasion of the port’s 81st anniversary, said that despite the world financial crisis, the company had seen regular shipping traffic and a rise in the amount fo cargo processed against the year-ago period, in which 483,000 tonnes of cargo were processed.

Gomes also said that the company had the capacity, from a human resources and technological point of view, to process additional cargo in the future, particulalry that related to the Benguela railroad.

However, he noted that delays in collecting cargo from the port were a constraint.

Gomes announced that the new dry port would go into operation in November of this year, with a view to reducing congestion at the current facilities.

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.

The port of Lobito, which was built 81 years ago, based on the importance of the Benguela railroad, is considered to be a strategic unit in Angola’s economic development.

The Benguela railroad begins at the port of Lobito and goes on to cross Angola over 1,314 kilometres from the Lobito corridor (Benguela) to Luau in Moxico province, providing rail links to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. (macauhub)

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