Work to modernise and expand the port of Cabinda in Angola is due to be concluded by November of this year, after which two large ships will be able to berth at the same time, the chairman of the port's management company told Angolan newspaper Expansão.
Once the work has been completed, the quay will be 319 metres long and 12 metres wide. The port will also have refurbished support facilities, including the administrative and social buildings and a paved container park.
The chairman of Porto de Cabinda, Manuel Nazareth Neto said that in future 20 containers per hour could be unloaded from a ship and that the port would have the capacity to store between 4,000 and 5,000 containers.
The port of Cabinda is currently similar to that of Sao Tome in that it is able to receive only medium-sized ships that are anchored offshore, with cargo is transported to land on barges.
“In future, the ships will be able to be directly unloaded without using the barges,” said Neto, who noted that over USD 20 million was being invested in the work.
One of the aims of this project is, according to Neto, to attract back to Cabinda sea traffic lost to the port of Ponta Negra in the Republic of Congo, and to reduce the dependence of the province’s importers on the neighbouring port.
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