Chinese company to build deep water port in Cabo Verde

16 December 2013

The China Road & Bridge Corporation (CRBC) will build a deep water port, a cruise ship terminal and to repair the Cabnave shipyard on the Cape Verdean island of São Vicente, the company’s board said in Praia.

The announcement was made at the end of visits to the Cape verdean president and prime minister, Jorge Carlos Fonseca and José Maria Neves, respectively, at which plans were presented for restructuring the port of Mindelo and refurbishment of the main shipyard on the archipelago.

The board of the China Road & Bridge Corporation, which is specialised in marine projects, also said that it would build a number of marine facilities that are “very important” for driving the local economy.

Without providing specific dates for the start of the work and its cost, the company gave assurances of the “quality and efficiency” of the projects, which are part of the “Sea Group” set up by the Cape Verdean government to transform Mindelo into a marine logistics platform in the mid Atlantic Ocean.

The deep water port, a dream the Cape Verdean authorities have had since the country’s independence in 1975, will help to drive the ship repair business and support to international shipping fleets, and there are also plans to set up an international fishing centre.

Designed to be the first centre of excellence for marine security and oceanographic research, the Mindelo deep water port will be in direct competition with the ports of Dakar (Senegal) and Las Palmas (Canary Islands, Spain), both in terms of prices, and its port facilities and services. (macauhub)