Use of Maputo container terminal expected to double by 2010

17 October 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 17 Oct – The use of the container terminal at the port of Maputo in Mozambique is expected to more than double by 2010 with it operator, Serviço Internacional de Portos de Moçambique (SIPM), carrying out campaigns to attract business from Southern Africa, officials said.

Brenda Horne, the chairman of the Logistic Initiative of the Maputo Corridor, said last week in Johannesburg that the port of Maputo had excess container capacity and called on South African exporters to make use of that capacity, taking into account the delays at other ports in the region, particularly Durban.

Those responsible for Maputo’s port, which has been growing continuously since a management contract was signed with P&O Ports in 1996, plan to process 91,000 20-foot containers as compared to 44,000 containers in 2005.

Jan Bekker, of SIPM, said that the company’s target for 2013 was to process 121,000 containers, which was a “conservative estimate,” and said that the company would invest US$7 million over the next few years on storage and equipment.

Bekker added that since 1996, SIPM had invested US$12.6 million in the container terminal and related structures, of which US$1 million this year.

Maputo port’s management company has carried out promotional activities in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland and has had positive replies from South African exporters who have sent containers for a test run.

SIPM is a joint venture between P&O Ports and railroad company Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique, with stakes of 60 percent and 40 percent, respectively. The company was set up in August 1995 following the launch of a public tender for the privatization of Maputo port. (macauhub)