Shipping company considered in Angola

16 April 2012

The Angolan government is studying the establishment of a national shipping company, given the lack of a single national fleet operator dedicated to seagoing traffic, the head of the Merchant Marine Department said in Luanda.

In comments to Angolan news agency Angop on Thursday, Tiago Neto described the current state of the country’s merchant marine. National maritime traffic is limited to coastal waters, while long trade is handled by the foreign-flag ships that have dominated seagoing traffic to Angola for the last ten years, he said.

Some 90% of imported merchandise arrives in Angola by sea, he stated, adding that foreign fleet owners began dominating the Angolan market soon after the collapse of Angonave, the former Linhas Marítimas de Angola.

Regarding the sector’s administrative organisation, Neto explained that the former National Merchant Marine and Ports Department, the Transport Ministry’s executive body for the maritime sector, port activities and associated services, had been transformed into the Maritime Port Institute of Angola (IMPA). (macauhub)