The Angolan authorities have just announced that AGL (Africa Global Logistics) was the successful bidder for the Lobito container and conventional terminals, following an international call for tenders launched in January 2023. Angola thus relies on the experience and expertise of AGL, the leading operator of port concessions in Africa, which offers guarantees of strategic, financial, and technical soundness.
With the support of the world’s leading shipowner, MSC, AGL’s industrial project will improve the connectivity of the Lobito port platform. It will boost trade in the region and support industrialisation efforts. The Port of Lobito will thus be involved in the development of agricultural projects, construction sites and tertiary service companies.
As Angola’s second-largest port, the Port of Lobito aims to improve the living environment of 35 million Angolans and of the populations of neighbouring countries. The Port of Lobito is ideally positioned to play a strategic role in the global energy transition, being the first Atlantic gateway to the Copperbelt region. This port infrastructure will contribute to the transport of strategic minerals (copper, cobalt) to international markets.
To this end, the Port of Lobito will benefit from its connection to the existing 1,300 km Benguela railway network, and to the future railway line to Zambia. Thanks to the actions taken to improve the productivity of this platform, it will substantially reduce the time it takes to transport goods to Europe and the Americas.
«We would like to thank the Angolan authorities for placing their trust in Africa Global Logistics' project for the Port of Lobito. The authorities' decision validates AGL's strategy at the service of Africa's transformations, as well as our willingness to address the continent's challenges alongside our stakeholders. This ambition is the primary motivation of our teams, whom I congratulate on this 22nd port concession» said Philippe Labonne, President of Africa Global Logistics
Through a €100 million investment plan, AGL is committed to increasing the attractiveness of the terminal and contributing to the economic and social development of the region. Thanks to its maritime, port and logistics solutions, AGL will enable the Lobito port platform to play its role as a growth accelerator for Angola and the sub-region
As part of this new concession, which will be effective in the 1st quarter of 2024, AGL will take over the staff of the Empresa Portuária do Lobito EP port authority. The company will implement an extensive plan to develop the skills of the staff as well as the ecosystem of local subcontractors, to enable the Port of Lobito to offer services compliant with international standards.
About AGL (Africa Global Logistics)
AGL is the leading multimodal logistics operator in Africa, offering global, tailor-made and innovative logistics solutions to its African and international customers. The company is now part of the MSC Group, a leading shipping and logistics company. Thanks to its network of 250 logistics and maritime agencies, 22 port and rail concessions, 66 dry ports and 2 river terminals, AGL benefits from expertise developed over more than a century. With a team of more than 21,000 employees in 49 countries, AGL aims to make a sustainable contribution to Africa’s transformations. AGL is also present in Haiti and Timor.
About the Port of Lobito
With a quay depth of 14m and direct access to the sea, the port of Lobito allows Angola to accommodate large capacity vessels. AGL will manage the container and multipurpose terminals with 1200 m of quay, a storage area with a capacity of 12,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and handling equipment.
Rachel HOUNSINOU – Media Manager – AGL
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