IMPA leader suggests abandoning construction of the port of Barra do Dande in Angola

25 June 2019

The construction of the port of Barra do Dande should be reviewed, said the director general of the Maritime and Port Institute of Angola (IMPA) in the city of Soyo.

As an alternative Nazareth Neto called for improving the existing six ports in the country – Luanda, Namibe, Cabinda, Lobito, Soyo and Porto Amboim.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Technical Meeting of the Merchant Navy and Ports Subsector held in that city of the province of Zaire, the Director General of the IMPA stressed that it was more logical to proceed initially with improving conditions in existing ports,and later, judge whether there is a need to build others.

“The economic crisis has led to a drastic reduction of movement in the national ports, so any investment in the sector must be careful, otherwise the desired return will not be achieved,” said Neto, quoted by the Jornal de Angola newspaper.

The director of the IMPA also referred to the project of the deep-water port in Caio Litoral, Cabinda, noting that its construction will be carried out in phases and that it will rely on its own activity for reinvestment, and gave assurances that the work will continue.

Neto pointed out that the future port, besides facilitating the transport of goods to northern Angola, could benefit neighbouring countries such as Congo Brazzaville and the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Macauhub)