Japan’s TOA Corporation has been hired to conduct the second phase of the Namibe port modernisation project, in Angola, and work is scheduled to begin in March, the Transport Ministry said in a statement released on Thursday in Luanda.
This project, the contract for which was signed during a recent visit to Tokyo by a delegation led by the director general of the Maritime Port Institute of Angola (IMPA), Victor de Carvalho, consists of the recovery of 240 metres of dock and paving the container park. The work will be financed by a US$20 million grant from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
In February 2017 JICA and IMPA signed a financing agreement for the second phase of this project, which was part of the Angola recovery, expansion and modernisation programme adopted a year earlier, on 15 January, 2016, by the governments of Angola and Japan.
The agreement between the two governments covers the full refurbishment of the 480-metre dock at the port of Namibe, with the first phase completed in 2011 and focused on an extension of 240 metres in operation under Angolan company Sogester.
The Angolan government intends to make the port of the city of Moçâmedes (formerly Namibe) one of the most dynamic and competitive in southern Africa, becoming an industrial, logistics and services hub in Southern Angola and a benchmark port for that African region. (macauhub)