Porto Amboim, in Angola, has Africa’s largest crane

16 August 2013

Africa’s largest crane, with capacity to load and unload equipment for the oil and gas industry in Angola, has been inaugurated in Porto Amboim, in the Angolan province of Kwanza Sul, Angolan state newspaper Jornal de Angola reported.

Built by metal-mechanics company Porto Amboim Estaleiros Navais (Paenal) and costing US$50 million, the crane was designed by Ihi (Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries) Unyo Kikai (Japan) (IUK), and has been named Jamba, meaning elephant, due to its ability to lift cargo weighing up to 2,500 tons.

The managing director of Paenal, César Guerra, said that following the inauguration of Jamba the company was moving into a phase of development and integration of complex modules on oil tankers, drilling rig services and, in the near future, building oil rigs.

The managing director noted that the inauguration of Africa’s largest crane in Angola was the realisation of the vision of Sonangol in partnership with Netherland’s group SBM which, in 2007, believed that and international standard shipyard could be built in the Porto Amboim region.

“Paenal was established to meet a need to develop manufacturing technology and integration of modules in floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) units,” he said.

Porto Amboim Estaleiros Navais currently employs 1,100 workers, of which 85 percent are Angolans included in the areas of production, engineering, project management, quality control, human resources, administration and finance, logistics, and hygiene and safety. (macauhub)