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Arrival of ships at the Port of Lobito could be controlled by satellite from Argentina

The Argentine satellite could control the arrival of ships at the Port of Lobito. The monitoring proposal was exposed in Lobito, this Tuesday, by Alejandro Guilhermo Verdier, Argentina's ambassador to Angola, who explained that this service photographs the images necessary to identify the type of vessel and the operation in progress.


Underlining the added value of this type of service in maritime security, the ambassador, in a meeting with the port's board of directors, also mentioned that his country's satellite crosses Angola twice a day, among other countries, and has reduced costs.

Cited by Angop, the diplomat explained that the satellite can photograph the images necessary for the identification of ships and ongoing operations: "It takes the images that are necessary to identify the type of ship and the operation it is carrying out at that moment".

According to Angop, the ambassador took the opportunity to mention that there have been occasions where the captain of the vessel sends coordinates of his position stating that he is close to the port, but in reality he is still five days away from arriving at his destination, which ends up causing embarrassment in the company's work.

The list of added value of the service, he continued, also includes piracy. Here he mentioned cases of vessels that carry out illegal fishing, on spilled fuel, among other dangers, whose satellite can easily identify.

He also took the opportunity to mention the trade relations between his country and Angola, considering them as "excellent", but admitted that there is a need to increase them via maritime connections: "So far we have not had a link in this sense. All Argentine exports to Angola are made through Brazilian ports", he pointed out, quoted by Angop.

In addition to the maritime domain, the diplomat mentioned that Argentina also has its sights set on air navigation.

Referring that TAAG is the only one to connect South America to Southern Africa, Alejandro Guilhermo Verdier was pleased that the airline's flights will arrive in the Argentine capital in 2023. "We have information that TAAG flights will arrive in Buenos Aires in next year and let's hope it becomes a fact", he said, quoted by Angop.

Regarding the satellite proposal, Cristiano Sobrinho, executive director of Porto do Lobito for the technical and security area, said that he received it with great interest as it translated into an advantage, although there is already the Maritime Traffic Control Service, and assured that will present this matter to the board of directors for discussion.

According to Angop, the ambassador visited some infrastructures and learned about the company through the port's institutional video.

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