In 2011 Royal HaskoningDHV was drafted in to conduct a feasibility study for the construction of a new port in Cabinda, Angola to provide appropriate facilities and draught for large vessels.

The new port for the province of Cabinda, scheduled for completion in 2016, has been developed in a remote area that will provide deep water access, allowing larger vessels to serve the province as well as the potential cross-border hinterland in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. The construction of the port is the largest project ever carried out in Cabinda province, and has made a huge impact in terms of taking the province out of isolation considering it is located around 60 kilometres from the rest of Angola. The new Cabinda port has been crucial for the economic development of Angola as it is driving the country’s commercial shipping industry and has created jobs in the local area.

The Challenge

The biggest challenge for the Royal HaskoningDHV team was finding the optimum location and design for the new port. As the foreshore of the Cabinda province is shallow, significant capital dredging was going to be required. However, heavy sedimentation in the area had the potential to induce high maintenance dredging requirements. 

The Outcome

The team carried out the feasibility study for the new port, which included surveys, traffic forecasting, preparation of a master plan, preparation of preliminary designs and financial and economic studies. We then advised an optimum solution going forward which took into account the economic needs, cost effectiveness and social and environmental aspects of the new port.

Following the completion of the study, the proposed port is now set to provide a major cargo handling support function for the Angolan offshore oil industry. Cabinda port will in the future serve the growing consumer market and become a catalyst for developing additional industries in the province, diversifying from the oil industry.

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