The deep water port that will be built in Cabinda will ensure Angola’s sovereignty over the territorial waters of the Zaire River, through a constant presence of shipping services, the Angolan Transport Minister said recently in the city of Cabinda.
Augusto da Silva Tomás said that the port would also give rise to a significant amount of Angolan commercial shipping, which would balance out the power and almost monopoly of the ports of Boma and Matadi in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to the minister, who was speaking on the sidelines of a Business Forum organised by the local government, on 26 and 27 May, once the port starts operating it will allow for national shipping routes over a stretch of 200 kilometres (from Cabinda to Nóqui), which will create business opportunities.
Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, Augusto Tomás said that the Angolan shipping routes would drive economic activities and create jobs in riverside areas, which are currently under-populated due to a lack of investment projects and business initiatives with real economic potential.
The project is expected to be carried out between 2013 and 2015.
Meanwhile, work to extend the existing port facilities is underway, including construction of a larger jetty, which is in the hands of Chinese company China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC), a state company with its headquarters in Beijing.
The jetty, which will be 319 metres long and 12 metres wide, will make it possible for two large ships, with draughts of between 8 and 10 metres, to dock at the same time. (macauhub)