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Port Overview

  • The Port of Luanda located in Luanda city bay is a Deepwater sea port which handled in 2016 79% of cargo imported by sea into Angola (excluding oil/crude). 2016 Statistics of CNC (Conselho Nacional de Corregidor’s) refers that total imports into Angola reduced 32.8% in comparison with 2015 due to a economic crisis resulted from oil prices decline.
  • In the first quarter of 2017 the cargo volume represented 77.8% of all Angola imports but suffer a reduction of 6.53% if compared with the same period of 2016. Clinker followed by food samples e.g. Rice, Sugar and derivatives, flours and frozen cargo thereafter by construction & steel materials, machinery and vehicles have been the commodities with major volumes handled by the port.
  • The Port of Luanda can also be the gateway for transit consignments to inland countries such as RDC & Zambia but is constrained by deficient and or unavailability of regional rail and road connections.
  • The harbour mouth has a depth of 27.5 meters with no restrictions in the in the channel of 23m only at the draft at quayside which ranges between 10’5/12.5 m alongside main terminals with maximum vessel LOA between 210m/350m.
  • Discharge are direct onto trucks since there is no warehouse facility available. Discharging rate average, for general cargo 500 / 1,500 MT per day but can reach up to 7,000 MTN daily pending WFP set up of operations e.g. bulk to be bagged at port area, break bulk bagged/cartoons and port terminal contracted. Labour used belongs to the port Terminal owner or are hired from stevedoring private companies. Stevedoring available in three gangs working around the clock, including SSH.
  • The port works 24 hrs/7 days a week being the traffic managed by the Port Authority & Port Captain, based on first in first berth. EPINOSUL operates tugs boats which are compulsory for berthing and unberthing only during daylight 07:00hrs/20:00hrs.
  • The port is divided in 8 specialize terminals working under concessionary arrangements. Reference to additional 2 port facilities such as a fishing port plus one terminal for passengers.

The Government continues investing in port structures through the ongoing planning & constructions of the Port of Dande 50 km distant from Luanda. When completed, its eight platforms said that will make it one of Africa’s largest cargo handling facilities, even outpunching the huge port complex at Durban in South Africa.

Luanda Port website

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in their  World Port Index


World Port Source

 Megalog - Port of Luanda



Port Location and Contact



Province or District

Luanda Cidade

Nearest Town or City

with Distance from Port

Luanda Cidade (0 km)

Port's Complete Name

Port de Luanda


8° 47' 2" S


13° 15' 5" E

Managing Company or Port Authority

Empresa Portuária de Luanda, E.P. overall management

and Commercial & Operations Partners


Container & RORO Terminal – UNICARGAS

Container Terminal - SOGESTER

Multipurpose Terminal -SOPORTOS

Oil & Gas Terminal & Sea Island Terminal Petroleum products-  SONILS

Multi buoy mooring Terminal Petroleum products - Luanda Refinery 

Terminal for Cement & Clinker- CIMANGOL

Passenger Terminal – IMPA

See all terminal details under Luanda Port website

Management Contact Person

Telefones : +244 949 591 515 | 949 591 616


Mrs Dalia Jose Chief of Vessel Planning & Marketing - +244 923111165/994111165


Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Aeroporto Internacional 4 de Fevereiro



Port Picture

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

4.3 Angola Port and Waterways Contacts List

(ordered by volume transported during the first trimester of 2017.)

MAERSK LINE (2 by nr. by TEUS)
CMA CGM S.A. (3 by nr. TEUs)
SAFMARINE (5 by nr. TEUs)
HAMBURG SUD (7 by nr. TEUs)
DELMAS (11 by nr. TEUs)  or

Port Performance

The channel draft is 27.5 m and in general vessel draft size of 10.5 m for General Cargo or Cereals in bulk is the maximum advisable in the Multiterminais (see details of other Terminais). The port does not experience any congestion therefore, we must expect fast berth after arrival at anchorage and on exception basis berthing delays will not exceed 1 or 2 days.

No availability of storage or silos and/or bagging machines to support General and Bulk food cargoes.

According to the Tariff Book the charges are fixed; for containers are provided by unit of 20FT or 40 FT and for Bulk/BBulk cargoes are in tons excluding any volume factor. However, the legislation does not exclude special calculation modality to be used for abnormal type of merchandize not preview. vide National Port Tariff book under annex 1.

Seasonal Constraints



Time Frame

Rainy Season



Major Import Campaigns



Other Comments

Planning prior cargo arrival Terminal of berth including documentation related to Customs Tax Exemption and/or Clearance arrangements plus suitable trucking company for off-take operations is strongly advised.

Handling Figures for YEAR

Vessel Calls

2016 – Conventional + Bulk = 1,473 million tons

Container Traffic (TEUs)

2016 – Containerized = 3,086 million tons

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for YEAR

Bulk (MT)

915,732 thousand tons

Break bulk (MT)

557,463 thousand tons

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

For information on port rates and charges, please see the following links: Luanda Port website

Regulamento de tarifas portuárias


Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth





Draft (m)


Conventional Berth & Silo Berth


800 m

100 m  

10.5 m

5 m

Multipurpose Terminal managed by Multiterminais

Polyvalent Berth


536 m

10 m

Polyvalent terminal for Containers, RORO and General cargo managed by UNICARGAS

Container Berth


560 m

350m/11m draft

210m/12.5m draft

Container Terminal Managed by SOGESTE

Container and Multiuse berth


620 m

12.5 m/12.50m

Multiuse terminal Managed by SOPORTOS

Berthing Tugs




Owner EPINOSUL power of the tug boats 2500 HP

Water Barges




Info not available

All General Cargo and Containers and or RORO specialized berths are managed by private operators who signed contracts with Luanda Port Authorities to manage and develop a specific port area. 

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

Multipurpose terminal managed by MULTITERMINAIS can be used.

Polyvalent terminal managed by UNICARGAS

Multipurpose terminal managed by SOPORTOS

Exports - Bagged Cargo

Multipurpose terminal managed by MULTITERMINAIS can be used.

Polyvalent terminal managed by UNICARGAS can be used.

Imports and Exports - RoRo

Polyvalent terminal managed by UNICARGAS

Other Imports

Imports such as clinker, cement, fuel, minerals  are done at specific specialized terminals

Port Handling Equipment

The port equipment is private owned by the companies managing the Terminals therefore, data below is detailed below under Terminals.




Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane




Container Gantries




Mobile Cranes



See under terminals




See under terminals

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)



See under UNICARGO terminal

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines



Usage only for wheat grains belonging to the GM milling wheat factory inside the port area at managed by Multiterminais








See under terminals

Container Facilities



20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available



Container Freight Station (CFS)



Refrigerated Container Stations



Other Capacity Details

Outside Port area exists dedicated bonded dry port open areas owned by private port terminals operating as second line of their port facilities. 

Same as for 20’FT

Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)

See under Terminals

See under Terminals

Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)

See under Terminals

See under Terminals

Emergency Take-off Capacity

Not applicable since terminals with container space areas above current work load

Same as for 20 FT

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)

See under terminals

See under Terminals

Customs Guidance

Normally if all documentation in good order a good Custom broker can provide complete customs services from Agent release order and Customs and Port Authorities authorization for off-take in 24 hrs.  In case of delays in getting a specific document the Customs Broker can obtain a pre-clearance and ensure to Customs hand over of documents 30 days after vessel arrival.

1.3 Angola Customs Information

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal - concessionary Multiterminais

General Manager Mr. Horacio Pina mobile 923378751

General Cargo & Bulk cereals

Total berth length 900. (100m) draft of 5.5 m ZH & (800 m) draft of 10 m ZH; 10 Silos used for Wheat grains bulk - total capacity 40,000 MT owned by Grandes Moageiras (GM) milling company built in the terminal area.

Equipment Forklifts: 1 x 37 tons 2 x 10 tons   4 x 7   tons   2 x 5   tons    2 x 3   tons; Tugmaster and Tractors 4 x 35 –40 tons 4 x 36 –40 tons; Goosnecks (Number of units and Safe Work load) 4 x 60 tons; Misc (as Reach Stacker or Mobile Crane) 4 x 45 tons 3; Mobiles cranes 30 Tons / 40 Tons & 80 Tons; 4 Bob cats

Can provide discharge of bulk vessels providing vessel equipment with their own cranes and grabs and mobile bagging plant units available by the shipper/cargo owner strongly advise is for bagging units to be shipped in advance. Bagging units can be kept inside their terminal with no cost unless the operation becomes periodic then a fee to be negotiated.

No significant covered storage available therefore, all operations either in Breakbulk or bulk have to be done direct onto trucks.

Planned to be built a cold storage warehouse but for the time being none available.  

Polyvalent Terminal – concessionary UNICARGAS

Head of Commercial Department Mr. mobile +244923345121 Rua Sanzalas Cabinda – Ingombotas Luanda, Angola PoBox 3965 other contacts for information WWW.UNICARGAS.CO.AO

Total berth length 536 m with draft of 10 m (in practice is strongly advised to consider 9.5 m draft); Warehouses 2 total covered area 10,500 m2, only on exceptional basis can be allowed for indirect discharge of bagged cargo e.g. when no truck available during discharge therefore, to consider only direct discharge operations. Mooring sites 4. The average annual production is estimated to 156,500 TEUS and 244,500 tons of general cargo. With pre-planning in advance bulk shipments (if available bagging machines from cargo owners) a quay length of max 110m can be organized. With Total area of 178.64 m2 and staking yard of 168.14 m2 UNICARGAS has capacity to accommodate 10,000 TEUs (full/empty). The terminal also handles RO-RO operations. UNICARGO port terminal equipment’s as follows;

13x45 tons Reachstackers (Kalmar & Terex); 15x30tons Terminal Tractors; 6x30tons Trailers; 19x20tons&40tons Semi-Automatic Spreaders; 6x3tons Forklifts; 60 electric plugs for reefer containers.

Second line transit Dry ports:

Open area for support of containers in transit at their customs controlled Dry port (not bonded) located around 21 km from port area (VIANA).

Other logistics support:

Logistics support is provided by 80 trucks permanently based in their Luanda to support shifting of containers from port and vice-versa as well delivery to final destination. With a total fleet of 252 trucks UNICARGO have nationwide coverage vide more under Transporters module.

Stevedoring services are provided (outsourced) by Transcender and augmented if required by CELOBI

Container Terminal - concessionary SOGESTER

Operations Manager Mr. mobile +244 926400491 rua da Cercania do Porto de Luanda, S/N, PoBox 2538 Estrada da Boavista – Luanda

Total berth length 560 m with draft (350 m) of 11 m ZH & (210 m) of 12.5 m ZH; the terminal container area can accommodate 4,584 full/TEU’s plus 3,850 empty/TEUs. Can only handle containerized ships but if vessel arriving with mix containers/general cargo special authorization from port authorities normaly granted for the terminal to operate.

Their discharge performance is around 1,200 containers/day and if breakbulk involved pending specifications of the vessel reported to be capable to reach above 5,000/7000 MTN per day which must be done direct onto truck since no storage will be available.

Stevedoring is performed by ONE sub-contractor TRANSISTER (local private stevedoring company Mr Rui Santos mobile 923607766) mainly for non-specialized labour.

Reachtackers 14 x 45 Tons; Tugmaster 24 x 50 Tons; Empty Container Handlers 7 X 15 tons; forklifts 1x 25 Tons; mobile harbour cranes 7 from 50tons up to 120tons; not quantified number of small tonnage forklifts, tractors and trailers; 400 reefer plugs for 20FT/40FT TEUS

Second line transit Dry ports:

1) 45 m2 at Panguilla – except for 18 m2 of concrete floor the yard is of compressed sand equipped with 400 electric plugs for container reefers supported with stand-by equipment: 1 forklift of 40 tons 3 x 50ton tugmasters 2 x 15 tons empty handlers and 10 x 45 tons Reachstackers
2) 14 m2 at Via Expresso – cement concrete floor with 380 electric plugs for reefers and several not specified forklifts, reachstakers and empty handlers.

Other logistics support:

Except for Customs clearance the Terminal can transportation up to end destination in Angola using their sub-contracted transport companies;

Belcosta with 150 trucks contact person Carlos Abel +244 923346521 combined or not with smaller truck companies such as Travotec with 60 trucks & Diago with 10 trucks.

Multipurpose Terminal - concessionary SOPORTOS

General Manager Mr. Head office Rainha Ginga Street, Nr. 152 first floor – Ingombotas Mobile +244 928641026

Currently the SOPORTOS have additional new piers in construction with a length of 250m

Main statistics; 5,000 empty containers in free pool; capacity to receive container ships including PANAMAX & Post PANAMAX discharge performance 50/80 containers per hour; General Cargo ships performance handling super bags (2tons) 5,000/7,000 tons/day lifting capacity 280 tons (1 only operation 18 super bags)

With port equipment and handling expertise of heavy or abnormal size of cargo operations.

Stevedoring is done by SOPORTOS own labour but can outsource under their supervision unskilled labours from mainly AROUND local private stevedoring company.

Second line Dry port / Bonded terminal

15 hectares with low transfer cost 5km from SOPORTOS port terminal which can provide transhipment services of 5,000 containers per month stored by weight and destination (including Electric power points for cold storage containers)

Logistics base

20 hectares space of open storage area out of customs and 350 truck fleet which supports movements in/out port area and provides service Door/Door as per client request if within Luanda city limits.

Main Equipment (Nr. of Units and max Lifting capacity) Forklifts: 15 (of 5 tons up to 37 tons) Mobile Harbour Cranes: 9 Reach Stackers: 22 Reefer plugs: 700

Other specialized terminals as follows:

  • Oil & Gas Terminal & Sea Island Terminal Petroleum products- SONILS
  • Multi buoy mooring Terminal Petroleum products - Luanda Refinery
  • Terminal for Cement & Clinker- CIMANGOL
  • Passenger Terminal – IMPA

Grain and Bulk Handling

New Grandes Moagens de Angola wheat mill in Luanda (right) and 40,000-tonne storage facility (left). Photos courtesy of the USDA

One of Angola’s newest mills, the Grandes Moagens de Angola (GMA), processes about 1,200 tonnes of wheat per day, including 930 tonnes of flour and 260 tonnes of bran, the USDA said.see full article at

There are no bagging plants available in the port therefore (except for services related with GM Mills, bagging units should have to be arranged separately from outside the country in support of bulk/bagging operations alongside the ship.

Multerminais manager advised to be optimal for the bagging machines to arrive prior bulk vessel arrival. If operations done in their terminal, units could be kept in their terminal facilities free of charge if operation not recurrent.

Main Storage Terminal

There is no storage available inside port area dedicated to support handling operations in port for bagged or refrigerated cargoes.


There are only private stevedoring companies operating inside port area providing manual labours. However, stevedoring services are provided through the Terminal concessionary (and not by the owner of the cargo). Apparently, all private terminals have a direct contract with the stevedoring company of their choice and rates as per contract. 

The rates applicable for stevedoring services to the cargo owner are on the tariff book attached as annex (see details above on this report under discharge rates and terminal handling costs).

The Stevedoring companies list and contacts as follows:

Company Name: TRANSCINTER (Main partner SOGESTER following up by UNICARGAS terminals) Sr.

Operations Manager mobile 923452167 Deputy Mr RuiSantos ( mobile 923607766.

Is a private Angolan company and the largest Nr. Of labours: 200 up majority sub-contracted labour unskilled as well as warehouse keepers, tally clerks Fork lift drivers and provide all Port Crane drivers to Luanda and Namibe ports.

Additional incentives: All labours are provided with automatic insurance against incidents while working plus subsidy of transport. In collaboration with Sogester provide regular technical training related to stevedoring services.

They provide stevedoring services for warehouse activities and ready to support WFP if contracted.

There are small Stevedoring companies named e.g. AROUND (mainly used by SOPORTOS): WVCS and CELOBI (provides with Transcinter regular stevedoring services to UNICARGA) said to have changed their commercial name. If additional information available during the period of the LCA will revert for update.

Hinterland Information


Major traffic in/out port area are done by road trucks direct to transit warehouses or end destination. Some small traffic is done in bulk direct to one milling company and as well to RDC. Main road transport companies’ active in moving cargo ex- port area as per port terminal managers as follows:

  • Company Name: LTI Angola Nr. Of trucks 670, ( mobile +244 917652015
  • Company Name: Transportes Edgar Nr. Of trucks 192, ( mobile +244928302994
  • Company Name: Bel Costa Nr. Of trucks 150
  • Company Name:Travotec Nr. Of trucks 60
  • Company Name: UNICARGAS Nr. Of trucks 252 ( Head of Commercial Department mobile +244919737789 (State owned port cargo movements mainly related to UNICARGO port terminal)
  • Company Name: SOPORTOS Nr. Of trucks 350 (only shunting with dry ports and/or transport within Luanda city limits see contact details under SOPORTOS Terminal)

Port Security

Private operators and Government alike do not report significant cases of security or safety of cargo or personnel while in traffic inside port area.


ISPS Compliant


Current ISPS Level
(Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional)

Level 1

Police Boats


Fire Engines