Port of Luanda handles 13 million tons of cargo in 2013

22 January 2014

The port of Luanda in Angola processed 13 million tons of miscellaneous cargo in 2013, said the chairman of the port, Francisco Venâncio, according to Angolan news agency Angop.

At the end of a swearing in ceremony for new members of the board of the Association of Angolan Ports (Apang), Venâncio said that, although the report for last year had yet to be signed off, “we can already talk about growth,” adding that the port had seen continual growth in terms of the cargo it processed.

Venâncio also noted that the port facility was undergoing continuous improvements and that work was underway to dredge the docks in order to allow access by larger ships.

“We have graduated from 150-metre ships to others of 240 and 250 metres long, which requires a certain depth to allow for manoeuvring without running aground,” he said.

The chairman of the port of Luanda also mentioned the risk of piracy that affects the West African coast reaching Angolan waters, saying only that “the country has to be prepared to face that challenge and not put its sovereignty at risk.” (macauhub)