Angola orders transport ship from Spanish shipyard

6 January 2015

The government of Angola has commissioned the construction of a cargo and heavy vehicles transport ship to connect Luanda and Cabinda from the Francisco Cardama shipyard in Vigo, Spain, according to a presidential order of 29 December.

According to the order, the roll-on roll-off cargo ship will cost the Angolan state 15.7 million euros.

The ship will ensure the transport of containers, general cargo, trucks and trailers in the sea link between Luanda (capital), Soyo (Zaire province) and Cabinda, said the order, signed by Angolan President, José Eduardo dos Santos.

This is the second contract for the purchase of ships for the same connection to Cabinda within one week, following an order that was also confirmed by the Ministry of Transport, of a “ferry” from Dutch shipyard Damen, for 13 million euros .

Cabinda province is an enclave located around 60 kilometres from the rest of Angola and direct links are only possible by sea and air. (macauhub/AO)