The port of Namibe in Angola processed 961,000 tons of cargo in 2011 and 18,000 containers, the chairman of the port company, Joaquim Neto said Thursday according to Angolan news agency Angop.
Speaking at an event to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the company Neto said that the port of Namibe, although it was a hub of development along the Namibe corridor that also extended to neighbouring SADC countries, was unable to meet demand arising from development of the region.
Neto said that in the 2010/11 period US$6.9 million were invested, which were used to buy materials, means of transport, IT equipment, and to draw up the strategic plan, and that the second phase of the port’s refurbishment would begin soon.
According to the company’s chairman the mineral terminal will be refurbished, a quay for unloading fuel will be built, and a study carried out for construction of a deepwater mooring station, specialising in container cargo.
Construction of the port of Namibe began on 24 June, 1954 and it initially had a 380-metre dock as compared to 750 metres currently, and was opened on 24 May, 1957. (macauhub)