Modernisation and expansion of Angola’s port of Cabinda due to be finished in November

29 July 2011

Cabinda, Angola, 29 July – Work to modernize and expand the port of Cabinda in Angola is due to be concluded by November of this year, after which two large ships will be able to moor at the same time, the chairman of the port’s management company told Angolan newspaper Expansão.

Once the work has been completed, the dock will be 319 metres long and 12 metres wide and the port will also have some refurbished support facilities, such as the administrative and social buildings as well as paved container park.

The chairman of Porto de Cabinda, Manuel Nazareth Neto, also said that in future 20 containers per hour could be unloaded from a ship, which would mean 40 containers per hour when two ships are docked and that the port would have capacity to store between 4,000 and 5,000 containers.

The port of Cabinda is currently similar to that of Sao Tome as it is able to receive only medium-sized ships that are anchored offshore, and cargo is transported to land on barges.

“In future, the ships will be able to be directly unloaded with using the barges,” said Neto, who noted that over US$20 million was being invested in the work.

One of the aims of this project is, according to the manager, to attract sea traffic lost to the port of Ponta Negra, in the Republic of Congo, back to Cabinda and reduce the dependence of the province’s importers on the neighbouring port. (macauhub)