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Our Terminal

Sogester – Sociedade Gestora de Terminais S.A. is a joint venture between APM Terminals (51%) and the Gestor de Fundos of Angola. Sogester S.A. is one of the four container terminals operating from Port of Luanda having procured a 20 + 5 years license from the Port Authorities in 2007.

In December 2021, the terminal significantly upgraded its equipment with the arrival of 2 new Liebherr mobile harbour cranes (MHC 800 series), the largest terminal cranes available in the region, able to reach 23 rows of containers, compared to 15 or 16 rows reachable by cranes available at other facilities elsewhere in Angola. Additional cranes allows the terminal to perform «double cycling», which means loading and discharging the same container bay on the vessel at the same time. These larger cranes will also allow the terminal to handle largest vessels calling the port without any restrictions.

The addition of two cranes comes on top of other equipment purchases in 2021, including terminal trailers and tractors, empty handling equipment and Ram twin lift spreaders, with a total investment value of $25 million.

At a glance

  • Capacity of 800K TEUS/year
  • STS Cranes: 3 (max outreach 23 rows)
  • 508 Reefer plugs
  • Length main T1 and 2/3 —- TC1/2 we have 360 meters ; TC3 new is 210 meters.  In Sonils we have 400m
  • TC1/2= 11.5/11.7 m with high tide. TC3 12.5 plus 1 meter Hight water, Sonils is 12.5 m plus 1 m extra on high tide
  • Distinguished technical / equipment maintenance facility
  • Power treatment plant for reefer containers
  • Reefer monitoring system
  • Container weighing bridge
  • VGM certification for export cargo
  • 100+ security cameras;
  • Ongoing maintenance of the yard and quay
  • Main and backup lines of fiber-optics
  • Mobile Harbor Cranes simulator

Digitization

Apart from equipment, Sogester has also progressed with the implementation of digital solutions at the terminal. During 2022, a new automatic gate software will be installed in Luanda, significantly facilitating the work of truckers who arrive to pick up or drop off containers. In addition, a new customer portal will be implemented in the first quarter of 2022, allowing customers to manage all payments, container releases or other transactions directly from their computers, without having to come to the terminal in person.

Security

Sogester is committed to providing a safe, secure, and smooth business environment for its personnel, customers, contractors, and visitors. The transportation of cargo or any movable properties within the terminal is protected against theft and vandalism.

Over the last few years, a variety of container terminal security policies and procedure options have been proposed and applied to reach the best practices in security and safety, namely:

  • Port departure inspections
  • Around the clock security patrolling and CCTV monitoring
  • Physical security measures
  • Scanners operated by customs
  • Controlling and monitoring access
  • Safety and security awareness
  • External party violation procedures

By way of these practices, we fully complied with The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) and certified as a secure port.