The inaugural trip was carried out by the catamaran 'Cacongo', which, according to Jornal de Angola, left the capital on Thursday and returned to Cabinda this Monday.
According to the same newspaper, only 29 passengers were transported on the departure trip. However, the return voyage was almost fully booked: 263 people came on board, with the vessel having a maximum carrying capacity of 276 passengers and an extra capacity for 28,000 kilograms of cargo.
Regarding cargo on board, Silvano Araújo, a member of the management committee of Secil Marítima, said that on the departure trip (direction Luanda-Cabinda) 30 packages were transported, while on the return trip the number of cargoes rose to 620.
Personal items, food products as well as some wooden instruments made up most of the cargo transported, writes Jornal de Angola.
The official, quoted by the same newspaper, clarified that each person can carry 40 kilograms of cargo on the trip, which is expected to take 10 hours.
Regarding timetables, Silvano Araújo assured that, despite having registered constraints, they consented to it because it was related to the first trip, but that in the next ones they will be more demanding: "Although we have registered this constraint, which we consented to because it was the first trip, in the nearby, we will be strict with schedules".
Tickets cost 30,000 kwanzas, and for the current month they have a promotional value of 20,000 kwanzas. The official also clarified that children up to three years old are exempt from payment and that between four and 12 years old pay half the amount.