The port of Namibe could become a hub for logistics development in southern Angola after completion of the second phase of modernisation works in 2019, said the chairman of the port management company.

The chairman of the Lobito Commercial Port, António Samuel, told Angolan news agency Angop that in the first phase of the project US$24 million were spent and that in the second phase a similar amount will be spent.

The second phase, which began last June and ends in August 2019, consists of the recovery of 240 metres of docks and the paving of the port container yard, with the cost financed by a donation of US$20 million from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

This work was awarded to Japan’s TOA Corporation, and the respective contract was signed during a visit to Tokyo by a delegation led by the managing director of the Maritime Port Institute of Angola (IMPA), Victor de Carvalho.

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 port, which was built in 1957 to serve four southern provinces, is located in the city of Moçâmedes, which between 1985 and 2016 was called Namibe. (macauhub