Port of Nacala in Mozambique handles record number of containers in 2010

31 January 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 31 Jan – Container cargo handling in the port of Nacala, Mozambique reached a record in 2010 following 34 percent growth year on year to 71,112 TEU (twenty foot equivalent units), according to a source linked to the Northern Development Corridor.

Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper, Notícias, the source said that the increase had made it possible to boost the port’s status as one of the container hubs in southern Africa, and that there were “large operators looking into the possibility of creating a new hub alongside the existing one at the port of Durban.”

The container handling record also contributed to total cargo handled at the port of Nacala (excluding fuel) rising to 1.2 million tons, exceeding the amount handled in 2009.

The number of ships that stopped over at the port of Nacala also increased, rising to 273 from 236 the previous year, which represented growth of 16 percent.

Since the beginning of the concession period, in January 2005, container handling has been increasing, rising from 31,118 in 2005, to 33,128 in 2006, 44,687 in 2007, 49,770 in 2008 and 53,199 in 2009, with the same trend in the number of ships. (macauhub)