During the past months, as many as twenty ships at a time have been queueing up for berths in Angola's principal transit port of Lobito.
GTV PAN Shipping in harbour
GV Ships waiting to enter dock
GV ZOOM OUT FROM Shipping
TV Zine on railway trucks
SV Zine being loaded onto ship
CU Sisal from Angola being loaded
CU Destination sign on train (2 shots)
GV PAN Rhosdesian train
CU Rhodesian sign on train
CU ZOOM OUT RR (Rhdesian railways) stamp on train
GV Copper from Zambia on carriers
GV Copper carried by transporter
SV Men unloading copper from railway truok
TV Copper and zinc on quayside
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Background: During the past months, as many as twenty ships at a time have been queueing up for berths in Angola's principal transit port of Lobito.
The congestion, resulting partly from the recent heavy increase in traffic to Zaire and Zambia along the Benguela Railway out of Lobito, has been aggravated by a series of labour disputes. Strikes ceased to be illegal in Angola following the April coup in Portugal this year.
Initial labour troubles during the summer seemed to have been solved by August, when it was reported that dockers had received wage increases of as much as 100 per cent. But during October the port was completely paralysed by a new strike, reportedly backed by militants of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).
At the same time, there have been reports of bad management structure at the port, with problems affecting Lobito having to be referred to Luanda for decisions.
Copper - most of it from Zambia, but some from Zaire -- is the port's lifeblood and authorities are giving priority to clearing the backlog currently awaiting shipment. At the end of November, there were over 47,000 tonnes of copper on the quayside at Lobito.
With ships waiting as long as 40 days for a berth at Lobito, a variety of other goods are affected. Imports to landlocked Zambia are high on the list, including sugar, machinery and spare parts.
There's also traffic from Rhodesia, loaded aboard Rhodesia railways freight wagons, tough there is little information about the nature of Rhodesian gods shipped through Lobito.