- The Port of Namibe is a small harbour port, coastal natural with no swell restrictions as in the past therefore, with accessibility improved. At anchorage and channel the water depths ranges between 9/10m. The port has a total length berth of 875 m divided in three zones as follows: (pier 1) used for tug & fish boats is length 275m and draft of 3m (pier 2) used for international/coastal and passenger vessels the length 130m and draft of 6.1m while at the (pier 3) dedicated only for international vessels with a length of 480m draft of 10.5 m however until the time of this report only 243m length total renovation completed. In addition, with an Oil Terminal operated by Sonangol with 552m length of berth and a draft of 19m.
- Is the third largest port of Angola in terms of cargo movement. Serves as gateway for the southern region of Angola with important fishing industry combined with granite as the main exported cargoes. The exports reached 118,493 MTN in 2016 which represented 58,9% of Angola ports however, the imports represented only 2% with a total 133,509 MTN of cargo.
- Namibe port is connected to Mocamedes railway line, linking to the hinterland up to Menongue and aiming to connect in future to RDC, Namibia, Zambia and Angola central region through links with the railway lines of Benguela.
- The Namibe Port Authority manages the port which has one tug and no shore cranes but 2 reach stackers with capacity of 40 tons. The cargo is handled direct on to trucks as no storage facilities are available plus three gangs working around the clock including SSH. Mooring / Unmooring daylight only. Cargo documents required 72 hours prior vessel’s arrival.
- Official website http://portodonamibe.co.ao/web/autoridade-portuaria/
Other Key port information can be found at:
- World Port Source
- National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in their World Port Index
Port Location and Contact
Province or District
Nearest Town or City
with Distance from Port
Port's Complete Name
Porto do Namibe
15° 11' 37" S
12° 8' 12" E
Managing Company or Port Authority
Empresa Portuaria do Namibe
Management Contact Person
Presidente do Conselho de Administração do Porto do Namibe, Eng. Joaquim Miguel Domingos Neto
Rua Pedro Benje 10
Representação em Luanda
Largo do Atlético, prédio n.6A, 2º Andar Esq., Porta 2, Luanda
Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
7 km distant Airport Weliwítschia Mirabilis and at 155 km the International Airport of Lubango.
(pier 1) used for tug & fish boats is length 275m and draft of 3m; (pier 2) used for international/coastal and passenger vessels the length 130m and draft of 6.1m ; (pier 3)dedicated only for international vessels with a length of 480m draft of 10.5 m
Description and Contacts of Key Companies
Operating in Angola ordered by volume transported during the first trimester of 2017.
Except for draft restrictions there are no relevant constrains leading to delays for berthing.
September to April
Major Import Campaigns
Handling Figures for YEAR 2016
Container Traffic (TEUs)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for YEAR 2016
Break bulk (MT)
Attention:For consistency with data of other Angola Ports statistics used was collected from (CNC WWW.CNC-ANGOLA.COM) However, since Port of Namibe website have also detailed 2016 statistics you can consult as alternative. http://portodonamibe.co.ao/web/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/INFORMAÇÃO-ESTATÍSTICA.pdf
Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges
Port tariffs are national therefore, valid for Angolan ports.
See more details on discharge rates under SOGESTER Terminal manager for General cargo and Container operations under TERMINALS
The port has 875 meters berth, divided into 3 zones, the largest of which is 480 mts. The maximum permissible draft is 10 meters (zone 3), gradually decreasing towards the inner bay.
Type of Berth
Confirmed as renovated
N/A Confirmation as fully renovated.
General Cargo Handling Berths
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Imports and Exports - RoRo
Total Imports Break Bulk
2,667 tons in 2016
524.8 tons 1st trimester 2017
Port Handling Equipment
All port equipment is managed by the concessionary SOGESTER see under Terminals
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
From 5/15 tons
N/A Port Authority equipment
Good condition SOGESTER
Good condition SOGESTER
Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines
Good condition SOGESTER
Container Facilities Available
Container Freight Station (CFS)
Refrigerated Container Stations
Other Capacity Details
Daily Take Off Capacity
Number of Reefer Stations
Emergency Take-off Capacity
Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
6 crane handling movements per hour working time 24 hrs/7 days as per Terminal private manager SOGESTER
Advisable to have all cargo documents required 72 hours prior vessel’s arrival. See details under the Angola Customs section: 1.3 Angola Customs Information
MULTIPURPOSE TERMINAL – concessionary SOGESTER
Sogester informed that in practice the operational quayside at the moment is about 243m/draft 9.5m of the total 480 m of zone 3.
In terms of performance from the previous 3 crane movements/hr and half day working time SOGESTER claims to have improved the working schedule up to 3 gangs/shift/24hrs/7days as well they improved to the actual 6 crane movements/hr for general cargo and 8 crane movements for containers.
Sogester equipment 8 Reachstackers; 5 Tugmasters; 3 forklifts
With no specialized pier dedicated to Ro-Ro berthing and operations are possible at the container pier (1) at Namibe port
Main Storage Terminal
Number of Storage Facilities
Company Name: TRANSCINTER (Main partner SOGESTER following up by UNICARGAS terminals) Sr. Apolinario.Silva@outlook.pt Operations Manager mobile 923452167 Deputy Mr RuiSantos (firstname.lastname@example.org) mobile 923607766. Is a private Angolan company and the largest
Private Company name: Transcinter following up the set up with Sogester (Luanda port) same have been replicated Namibe port. Provide Insurance against incidents occurred while on duty to all labours, transport subsidy and with/or not support from Sogester provides tregular technical training for different areas of stevedoring.
Transinter also provides outsourcing of drivers for all port cranes.
All break bulk cargo is discharged direct on truck up to end destination while for containerized cargo (including reefers) can be accommodated in the port container yard and/or at the dry port in transit prior being lift up to the destination. There are direct railway links from port up to Menongue however is likely that cargo off-take are done using road transportation due to small import tonnage therefore, avoiding unnecessary transhipment points.
Situation considered as normal
Current ISPS Level
Yes / No