Sogester terminal in Luanda increases container storage capacity

17 September 2009

Luanda, Angola, 17 Sept – Angola’s Sociedade Gestora de Terminais (Sogester) has invested US$8 million in construction of a provisional second line terminal, in the Viana industrial area, whilst it waits for conclusion of its permanent terminal being built in Cacuaco municipality in Luanda.

With an area of 7 hectares, the Viana (Luanda) terminal has the capacity to store 7,000 12 feet containers.

The company’s managing director, Félix Matias Neto daid that, in a month and a half of activity, the terminal had received 4,500 containers.

Neto said, however, that even with the acquisition of two cranes, which can move 40 containers per hour, the operations at the new terminal were far from meeting the company’s targets.

Neto said that the investments made aimed, amongst other things, to “come to the aid of the Port of Luanda which receives 85 percent of Angola’s imports every year.”

In order to minimise the cargo congestion problems in the Angolan capital the government is carrying out improvements to the Viana Dry Port and creating more second line terminals in Luanda. (macauhub)