Port of Lobito, Angola, processes 1.5 million tonnes of cargo in first six months of 2009

11 September 2009

Lobito, Angola, 11 Sept – The director-general of the port of Lobito in Angola, José Carlos Gomes said Thursday that the port could process more than the 2.5 million tonnes of cargo handled in 2008 by the end of this year.

“In the first six months of 2009 the port of Lobito processes over 1.5 million tonnes,” he said.

In order to increase capacity for handling cargo a dry port is under construction covering an area of 90,000 square metres, as well as widening the current dock.

The port’s managers are also building a dock on the right bank of Lobito Bay to load and unload mining products.

Gomes said that when trains on the Benguela railroad began operating at full capacity the port would be a strategic point for unloading goods destined for neighbouring countries such as Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and others in Southern Africa. (macauhub)