Mozambican government acquires to new ships to re-launch its cabotage service

6 September 2011

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)