General cargo terminal at port of Luanda, to undergo modernisation

17 August 2009

Luanda, Angola, 17 Aug– The investment plan for the modernisation of the general cargo terminal at the port of Luanda for the next five years, valued at US$52 million, aims to provide the port with greater operating capacity, the general director of Multiterminais said.

Leonel da Rocha Pinto, the general director of the company that is managing the general cargo terminal at the port of Luanda, for a period of 20 years, said that the investment plan would be carried out in stages and included civil engineering works, acquisition of equipment, staff training and security of the facility.

Multiterminais, a company specialising in cargo services, unloading and handling of goods, is carrying out refurbishment work on its facilities, specifically the construction of a new access gate to the terminal, repairing the dock and pavements, warehouses, construction of new dressing rooms and a canteen, all of which are expected to cost over US$25 million.

The following stages of investment include the construction of silos to store 32,000 tonnes of grain, as well as refrigeration units to receive up to 6,000 tonnes of perishable and frozen goods.

The investment programme also includes construction of a two storey office building for the terminal’s management, as well as the acquisition of equipment for handling cargo, including two 180-tonne mobile cranes.

In the first half of the year, according to Multiterminais, the general cargo terminal processed 946,000 tonnes of cargo, with March seeing the highest amount with 194,000 tonnes, including 78,000 tonnes of rice, 40,000 tonnes of sugar and 65,000 tonnes of wheat flour. (macauhub)