Mozambique: Government buys ferries from Bangladesh

18 September 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 18 Sept – The Mozambican government has spent US$7.5 million on buying six new ferries to transport passengers in the cities of Maputo, Beira and Quelimane, Mozambican daily newspaper, Notícias reported.

The newspaper cited Sérgio Cassamo, director of the Transport and Communications Project Management Unit (UGPTC), as saying that the vessels that were expected to arrive in November, were acquired in Bangladesh.

The biggest of these vessels has a capacity to carry 250 passengers, ten vehicles and four ten-tonne trucks and will operate on the crossing of the bay between the city of Maputo and Catembe.

A second boat with an 80-passenger capacity will provide a link between Maputo and Inhaca island.

The link between Beira and Búzi district, in Sofala province, and between Quelimane and Recamba, in Zambézia, will be provided by ferries with an 80-passenger capacity and another for 60 passengers and 2 tonnes of cargo, will link Inhambane to Maxixe.

The acquisition of these vessels is aimed to replace the ferries currently in operation and which, according to the Transport Ministry, are now obsolete. (macauhub)