Angola – Sécil Marítima SA expects to start commercial passenger transport, between the cities of Cabinda and Soyo, as of the last quarter of this year, revealed its interim chairman of the Board of Directors (PCA) of the institution, João Martins.
In an interview with ANGOP, regarding the implementation of this service throughout the coast of Angola, the official highlighted that this is a preliminary solution, contained in an ongoing program, to respond to the demand and concerns of the population regarding the availability of transport.
“The start of operations is subject to the docking (general repair) of vessels, catamarans and the Cabinda Ferryboat (mixed cargo and passenger transport), as well as the completion of works on the passenger terminals and technical and technological equipment”, he updated.
At this time, he said, four catamarans and a Ferrrbolt are available, and since the month of June two vessels have been in Docking, for about 60 days, for hull renewal, painting, overhaul of engines and generators, general technological and functional aspects .
João Martins explained that, according to the Ministry of Transport's programme, the start of operations between Luanda/Cabinda and Soyo was scheduled for this month of July, but financial constraints (now overcome) forced the plan to be changed.
Due to the delays seen in the works of the maritime passenger terminals in Cabinda, Soyo and mainly in Luanda, this preliminary solution was found to start with operations between Cabinda and Soyo, now depending on the dockage and works at the terminals. in very advanced stages.
In this perspective, the CEO of Sécil Marítima said that as soon as the two vessels, in set-up, are ready and issues such as ticketing, training of on-board technicians, completion of the passenger dock, among other aspects related to the process of boarding and disembarking passengers, these vessels begin activity.
The official explained that the works of the Cabinda and Soyo Passenger Terminals are at the end, including the assembly of equipment, lacking the shoulder, the vessel maneuvering area and the passenger loading and unloading branch.
Within the framework of Sécil Marítima's strategy, the interim PCA clarified that, in a first phase, two operations/two trips per week (more or less than 10 hours between Luanda and Cabinda) will be carried out, later the demand will dictate the increase or not of frequencies.
Accordingly, this shipping company will soon start the ticketing processes, production of uniforms, as well as the training of technical and on-board personnel.
For this dehydration, the company carried out a public tender, having recruited around 90 technicians to carry out this operation in the three ports (Cabinda Soyo and Luanda), in which each vessel service will have ten operations technicians, plus onshore support personnel. .
With the personnel already selected, the also effective financial administrator of the aforementioned financial institution continues, after the technical issues of the terminals and those connected to IMPA have been overcome, the training cycle for operations technicians will begin.
At the moment, four catamarans with different capacities are under control, namely the “Cacuaco” and the “Luanda”, both with a capacity of 242 in Economy Class, and 72 in Business Class (total of 314), as well as the “Panguila” and “Macoco”, both with 136 passengers in Economy Class alone.
Likewise, Sécil Marítima already owns the “Ferryboat Cabinda” which, although mixed, is essentially cargo, with capacity for nine (9) 20-foot containers and nine (9) light vehicles, as well as 60 passengers seated.