Modernisation work at port of Lobito in Angola expected to be finished on schedule

25 March 2011

Lobito, Angola, 25 March – Modernisation projects underway at the port of Lobito in Angola are expected to be concluded on schedule despite some financial difficulties, the chairman of the port’s management company, Bento Paixão dos Santos told Angolan news agency Angop.

Construction is underway of an unloading and loading terminal for mining products, which is 500 metres long and 300 metres wide, as well as of a dry dock.

The dry dock is currently around 50 percent complete and the contractor is expected to finish work on it before the end of the year.

As part of the programme to expand and modernise the port’s facilities several projects have been concluded, notably paving the port area, lighting and construction of a new railway line to transport cargo into and out of the port.

Another project that has been concluded is construction of the VTS building (a system of information and location of ships travelling in the sea region of Lobito).

The Commercial Port of Lobito Thursday (24 March) celebrated its 83rd anniversary as an independent company from the Benguela Railroad (Caminho-de-Ferro de Benguela). (macauhub)