Two deep sea shipping vessels from around the world docked at Luanda Port everyday in the first quarter this year.
The information was released by the Luanda Port authority that says the above figure shows a six percent drop as compared with the corresponding period of 2016.
In an online interview that marked its 72nd anniversary on Thursday, the company’s press department says that due to the crisis facing the country, the traffic of deep sea shipping vessels recorded a fluctuation between January and March.
According to the source, January recorded a rise in ships calling Luanda, dropping in March and lightly rising again in March.
As to merchandise, the company says there was a four percent rise in the first quarter of 2017 as compared to the corresponding period in the previous year.
Meanwhile, in 2015 Luanda Port received 900 deep sea ships, against 732 in 2016, showing a drop of 168 ships that corresponded to a 19 percent fall, the firm says.
During the 2015 economic year, Porto de Luanda handled 753,286 containers of 20ft, against 541,346 of the following year, a 28 percent fall.
Porto de Luanda is Angola’s largest port, followed by Porto do Lobito, handling 70 percent of the country’s external non-oil trade.
Established on 15 June 1945, Luanda Port employs 440 workers, 345 males and 95 females.