Port of Luanda, Angola, expected to move 8 million tons of cargo in 2017
The port of Luanda is expected to handle 8 million tons of miscellaneous cargo by the end of this year, chairman Alberto Bengue told the Angop news agency.
Bengue also said that there is a lot of cargo coming to the country and added that once the company is in possession of all ships’ manifests it will be possible to have a more detailed calculation of activity in 2017.
In 2016, the port of Luanda processed 5.4 million tons of cargo in containers and 1.7 million of non-containerised cargo, a decrease of 20% or 1.8 million tons compared to the 8.9 million tons processed in 2015.
That same year, 4,622 ships docked at the port of Luanda, with an average of two long-haul ships per day, or a total of 732, which was a drop compared to 2015, a year in which three ships arrived in Luanda on a daily basis.
The 3,890 coastal vessels, mostly related to oil sector activity, averaged 12 ships per day with a decrease of 31% in vessels compared to 2015.
This decrease was accentuated throughout 2016, due to an economic downturn in recent times, leading to a decrease in imports, as most of the cargo arrives in the country by sea.
The port Luanda is the main port in Angola, accounting for 80% of the country’s imports and exports.