Maputo, Mozambique, 6 May – Two passenger and cargo ships acquired by the Mozambican government are this year due to re-launch a cabotage service linking the ports of Maputo, Beira, Quelimane, Nacala, Pemba and Mocímboa da Praia, the Transport and Communication Minister said.
The two ships, with a 720-ton capacity each, are already in Maputo and minister Paulo Zucula said that they were being inspected whilst waiting for conclusion of training of some crew members.
A third, smaller ship will be based in Quelimane to provide a link to Chinde district in Zambézia province.
Cited by Mozambican newspaper Notícias the minister said at a recent meeting in the city of Beira, that cabotage operations would be carried out in partnership with a company called Grenolth, which specialised in regional shipping.
The State’s involvement in this process, according to the newspaper, is mainly due to the fact that this is a sector that requires significant investment and the private sector is still incipient in financial terms. (macauhub)