Port of Luanda, Angola, handles more cargo in 2017, but less in the first quarter of 2018

28 May 2018

The port of Luanda handled 7.6 million tons of miscellaneous cargo in 2017, a real increase of 513,000 tons and a 7% increase against the amount recorded in 2016, according to Porto de Luanda – Empresa Portuaria de Luanda, established 75 years ago.

The port of the Angolan capital received 4,144 ships last year, of which 633 are long-haul and 3,511 are for coastal shipping (cabotage), a drop of 478 vessels compared to 2016, when it received 4,622 vessels.

In the first quarter of 2018, the port handled 1.476 million tons of miscellaneous cargo, a decrease of 26% compared to the same period of 2017, when 1.986 million tons were processed.

During this three-month period, the port received 883 ships, 130 of which were long-haul and 753 were cabotage, 193 less than in the same period in 2017.

The figures quoted by the Angop news agency were disclosed by Porto de Luanda – Empresa Portuaria de Luanda during a meeting to present the request for the company to formally join the United Nations Global Compact.

The port infrastructure management company this year has invested more than US$13.8 million in works to improve the facilities, including the continuation of construction of a dock 260 metres long (US$8 million) in dredging (US$2.8 million) and the installation of two floating ramps (US$2.9 million).

The dock, which has been under construction since 2016, will allow, when completed, the simultaneous mooring of 12 small and medium-sized ships and two Roll-on/roll-off vessels, specialised freighters for the transport of wheeled vehicles, from cars to rail cars. (macauhub)