Port of Maputo, Mozambique to process 8.7 million tons of cargo in 2010

3 March 2010

Nelspruit, South Africa, 3 March – The Port of Maputo is expected to process 8.7 million tons of cargo this year, a figure which is expected to rise to 26.2 million tons in 2015, the port’s development director said in Nelspruit, South Africa.

However, the 8.7 million tons of cargo this year is still far from the amount processed in 1971, a year in which the port processed 17 million tonnes of cargo.

In a presentation at a meeting organised by the MCLI – Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative, in Nelspruit, Rui Santana Afonso gave an update on progress and development planned for the port of Maputo and said that the facility, by 2020, would process 34.2 million tons of cargo, reaching 48.6 million tons by 2030.

The investment outlined to improve services, facilities, equipment, roads, railways, docks and drainage of the channel totals US$749.1 million over the next 20 years.

The railway cargo capacity at the port will increase from a current 10 trains per day to 36 by 2030. The current capacity to process 500 trucks (although only 230 are actually processed) will rise to 3,000 in 2015 and up to 4,800 trucks per day in 2030.

Santana Afonso noted the main factors affecting the success of the master plan as being commitment by the port’s board of directors and shareholders to achieve and maintain a trustworthy service that is cost effective for all players involved in the Maputo Corridor. (macauhub)