Japan available to fund modernisation of port of Namibe in Angola

11 August 2010

Namibe, Angola, 11 Aug – The Japanese Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) is available for technical and financial cooperation on the new phases of rehabilitation and modernisation of the commercial port of Namibe, in Angola, Japan’s ambassador to Angola said Friday.

Ambassador, Kazuhiko Koshi Kawa was speaking at the inauguration of the first phase of the rehabilitation and modernisation project for the port of Namibe,, work on which was carried out by Japan’s Toa Corporation using estimated funding from Japan of US$25 million.

The refurbishment of the port, which took a year, made it possible to rebuild and modernise the 240 metre-long dock, the container terminal, a lighting system, with 30 metre high towers, and water pumping, compatible with the port’s needs.

The dock will be extended to 600 metres in a second phase.

The Minister for Transport and Communications, Augusto Tomás said during the inauguration ceremony that negotiations were underway with the Japanese authorities for Japan to finance the second phase of refurbishment of the port.

Tomás also noted that modernisation of the port of Namibe was linked to the refurbishment of the Mocâmedes Railroad as it would link the port to other countries in Southern Africa.

The port of Namibe had not undergone refurbishment for over 50 years. (macauhub)