Ver Angola


Port of Namibe exported the largest amount of ornamental stones in 68 years

The Port of Namibe, on the southern coast of Angola, registered, in the last week of March this year, the export of 52,650 tonnes of ornamental stones, the largest operation since its existence in 1954, the company said.


According to a press release from the company, the 52,650 tonnes of bulk granite were destined for the Port of Xiamen, People's Republic of China, with Angolan company Hipermaquinas being the exporter.

"Shipment operations began at the commercial terminal, operated by the Sogester Concessionaire, on March 22 and due to the limited draft available, the vessel was transferred to the Terminal Mineraleiro do Saco - Mar, whose draft is greater than 18 meters at the sense of concluding with the operations", adds the note.

This amount surpassed the highest record, until then, of 17,288 tons exported in 2017.

The company emphasizes that the export of ornamental stones represents around 90 percent of the volume of goods handled by the Port of Namibe and other granite exporters have already expressed interest in carrying out operations of the kind, as a result of the growing demand for this raw material in the international market.

"In view of the growing volume of exports, two mobile cranes (Liebherr) for cargo handling were recently landed and installed at the Commercial Terminal of the Port of Namibe, which will provide greater speed in this process, thus reducing the operating time of ships and consequently, the reduction of scale and freight expenses", underlines the document.


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