Mozambique’s Maputo Port beats 27-year record for cargo processing in 2006

28 February 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 28 Feb – The port of Maputo in 2006 processed some 6.6 million tons of cargo, a record amount in the last 27 years, said a spokesperson for the port’s concession-holder, Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) in Maputo.

The spokesperson, cited by Mozambican newspaper, Notícias, said that since MPDC had taken on the concession of Mozambique’s main port, four years ago, the port had seen a rise in its activities, with an annual growth rate of 16 percent.

“At the moment we have eight ships moored at the port, totaling around 250,000 tons of cargo and at least 2,000 people are working on loading and unloading those ships,” said the company spokesperson.

More than US$70 million in private capital has been invested to improve conditions at the port over the last four years, and it can now compete on an equal footing with the region’s other ports.

Information gathered and cited by the paper showed that Maputo Port is receiving more ships and more cargo that the ports of Dar-Es-Salaam (Tanzania), Beira (Mozambique), and Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, both in South Africa. (macauhub)