The Port of Luanda

The Port of Luanda is a large-scale public corporation, endowed with administrative, financial, and patrimonial autonomy.

Privileged location

Located on the West African Coast, the Port of Luanda is the main maritime port of Angola and its most important logistical structure, where 80% of the import and export of the country is done. The Port is inserted in the center of the most populous and economically dynamic region in Angola, with easy unloading of its cargo to the countryside by the railroads and highways.

Maritime access

The Port has exceptional features that facilitate access to the sea. By being located in a naturally formed bay, it is protected from the seaside by the Island of Cabo with natural protection against currents and waves. This provides the Port with excellent conditions for maneuvering and porting of incoming vessels. Local winds and currents are weak, with peaceful and generally low tides.


The Port of Luanda is 2,728 meters long and is divided into seven terminals and a logistic platform intended to aid oil & gas extraction. The Port operates 24 hours a day and the maximum draft is 13.2 m at high tide, with the depth along the quay varying between 10.5 m and 12.5 m, with the exception of the Cabotage Terminal, whose draft is from 3.5 m to 5.5 m.



The history of the Port of Luanda is linked to the beginning of Portuguese colonization in the 16th century. Watch the animated film and learn more about the challenges that were overcome to build a large port in Angola.


The location of the Bay of Luanda, nested between the escarpment where part of the city stands, the island of Nossa Senhora do Cabo and Ponta do Dande, give the Port of Luanda its own unique characteristics and exceptional conditions that facilitate maritime access.


Operations and Services

The Port of Luanda has several terminals operated by concession and offers its customers a range of services to facilitate port operations and ensure good business is done.

Supply Water

The supplying of local potable water to the vessels is guaranteed in all terminals. An emergency supply of water can be solicited and made with a vessel not anchored to the port.

Provisions and spares

The ships anchored or moored at the port can partake in resupplying of provisions and spares, pending express approval and according to existing norms at the Port of Luanda, through specialized shipping companies.


Vessels can be safely anchored in the Bay of Luanda. The entrance channel is formed by firm soil, sand, and mud. Its profundity varies between 15 and 30 meters.


Piloting is ensured by a specialized company, EPIBAL – Barra de Luanda Piloting Company. Piloting is mandatory for all national and international vessels for vessels exceeding 500 gross tonnes.


There is an availability of heavy fuel oil and Marine HFO, fueled by Sonangol – The National Society of Fuels of Angola.

Ship Repair

There are two small spaces for repairing fishing vessels and small coastal vessels. There is also a floating dock for emergency repairs for vessels up to 6,000 Dwt.

+ Operations and Services

Ensuring customer satisfaction is a top priority. Similarly, it is equally important to expand the sources of competitive advantage, whether through improving business support processes, enhancing port operations services, or combating waste.


O porto de Luandaem tempo real

“Colaboramos com pessoas, equipes e empresas para tornar Angola um país muito mais eficiente.”




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Navios esperados



The Port of Luanda has invested in strengthening its sustainability, competitiveness and growth through the increasing focus on modernizing its infrastructure, increasing productivity, controlling the activities of lessors and training its human resources.