Delegation from Angolan port company, Empresa Portuária de Cabinda, due to travel to China in January

9 December 2010

Cabinda, Angola, 9 Dec – A delegation from Angolan port company, Empresa Portuária de Cabinda (EPC) is due to travel to China in January where the China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC) is building several types of equipment for the port of Cabinda, the chairman of the port’s management company said.

According to Angolan news agency Angop, Manuel Nazareth Neto said that next February most of the Chinese technicians would be in Cabinda to begin setting up a work site to receive the jetty and docking pontoon, thus beginning work to build the port.

A dredger is due soon to begin working on the coastal area to allow ships with a draught of 10 metres to manoeuvre, according to international conventions for ports and the merchant navy.

The port of Cabinda’s jetty, which will be made of steel and concrete, will be 319 metres long and have a 32-metre-wide operations platform with capacity for docking two 130-metre ships at the same time.

The work is expected to take nine months, inspection will be carried out by the Angolan Maritime and Port Institute (IMPA) and by the Cabinda Port Company (Empresa Portuária de Cabinda – EPC) and its construction aims to replace the current jetty which, as well as being over 50 years old, is just 150 metres long. (macauhub)