Port of Luanda, Angola, handles less cargo, containers and ships in the 1st half

26 August 2016

The port of Luanda in the first half of the year handled 3.1 million tonnes of containerised cargo, a drop of 35% or 1.7 million tonnes over the same period of 2015, according to an official from the infrastructure management company.

Rosas Silverio, head of the statistical control and logistics department of the Port of Luanda, told Angolan news agency Angop that the fall was due to the sharp drop in the products that the country imports, and this trend occurred in both containerised cargo and bulk cargo.

The number of containers handled in the first six months of the year totalled just over 128,000, a decrease of 44% over the same period of 2015 when the port handled over 290,000 containers.

One official said that the current economic crisis in Angola, which is affecting the country’s ability to secure foreign currency, has also reduced the number of ships visiting the country.

In the first half 2,437 ships docked at the port of Luanda, including 346 long-haul and 2,091 coastal shipping vessels, a drop of 1,217 vessels compared to the number recorded from January to June 2015. (macauhub/AO)