Mozambique: Small and medium-sized ships may be repaired in Nacala

25 May 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 May – South African-owned company Aquatec plans to repair and maintain small and medium-sized ships at sea along the coast of the Mozambican district of Nacala, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

The paper cited Daniel Sitoe, the Nacal sea administrator, as saying that the company’s decision had been influenced by the characteristics of the bay and deep water port of Nacala, which is able to receive ships with a large draught, with a capacity of over 150,000 tonnes of cargo and over 160 metres long.

He also said that the route saw a significant influx of ships travelling to ports on the Indian Ocean, including Durban, Nacala-Porto, Mombasa and Mauritius.

He added that shipping companies sought out Indian Ocean ports had generally opted for ports located in Asian countries to maintain and repair their vessels, and that Nacala could be a feasible alternative soon.

According to Sitoe, maintaining and repairing ships is an economic activity that generates significant revenues and noted that a naval repair carried out at sea cost a minimum of US$100,000, 30 percent of which would be due as tax.

Notícias also reported that Aquatec had started moving the equipment needed to set up this business along the coast of Nacala, although approval of an environmental impact study was required from the Ministry for Coordination of Environmental Action. (macauhub)