Japan aims to finance the second phase of the project to modernise the port of Namibe with a view to increasing cargo handling capacity, Japan’s ambassador in Angola, Kuniaki Ito, said on Tuesday in Namibe.
Ito, who was on a two-day visit to Namibe province, said he would ask the city’s port administration for details about costs associated to the modernisation plan’s second phase in order to determine the real cost, reports Angop news agency.
The first phase of restoration and modernisation of Namibe port, financed by the Japanese government, cost US$24 million and consisted of enlarging the quay from 240 metres to 875 metres.
Under that plan, the port gained a 25,000 square metre parking area and modernised port access roads and the water supply system for ships, among other projects.
The second phase will consist of increasing depth to allow larger vessels to berth, enabling the port to assert its position as the largest such infrastructure in the southern region of Angola. (Macauhub/AO)