DP World has begun operation of the Multipurpose Terminal (MPT) at the Port of Luanda, as it looks to turn the facility into a regional hub following an investment programme.
The MPT was handed over to the Dubai-based company by Porto de Luanda, following the 20-year concession agreement signed in January.
DP World Luanda is investing US$190m to improve the terminal, aiming to make it a trade hub along the western coast of southern Africa and help Angola reach its economic growth ambitions.
Suhail Al Banna, CEO and managing director of DP World, Middle East and Africa, said: “We are proud to be in Angola to further develop the terminal as a trade hub in the southern west Africa region, which will support the country’s economic growth objectives by attracting further investment and increased trade.”
Improvements at the terminal are already underway, with the procurement of new equipment, including 30 trucks, six reach stackers, four empty container handlers and four forklifts.
New staff facilities will also soon be built and new rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes will be incorporated to the terminal’s fleet, which will be the first of its kind to be introduced in Angola.
According to the operator, the RTGs improve efficiency, are environmentally friendly and allow for better utilisation of the terminal’s yard.
DP World Luanda has appointed Francisco Pinzón as CEO, a Panamanian national with more than 20 years’ experience in port operations and management in Panama, Bahrain, Peru, Georgia, Djibouti, and Algeria.
He joined DP World in 2016 as chief operating officer for DP World Djibouti, and in 2018 was appointed as operations excellence manager in Middle East and Africa. Prior to his new role, he was the Deputy General Manager of DP World Djazair, Algeria.
Pinzón stated: “Through leveraging our global expertise, technology, and capabilities from across the supply chain, we’ll bring our best practices and systems to the terminal.
“We’ve already begun the process of integrating the local staff into DP World Luanda and will soon start implementing further training and development programmes for them, as well as build the new facilities and install new equipment.”