Mozambican port of Beira to double cargo it handles by 2015

7 October 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 7 Oct – The port of Beira is set to double the cargo it handles over the next few years after dealing with 1.29 million tons of general cargo in 2010, a source from Cornelder Moçambique said.

Cited by Mozambican newspaper Notícias, the source from the company that manages the port said that by the end of the year the amount of general cargo processed would exceed 1.4 million tons.

In terms of container cargo, in 2010 more than 105,000 were handled at the port and between January and June of this year over 67,000 containers were handled.

The source from Cornelder in Mozambique said that processing general cargo had been on the upturn, which pointed to cargo doubling by 2015 and added that, following an increase in warehousing tariffs investors had shown interest in building dry docks.

Officials from the management company, which is a partnership between Rotterdam-based Cornelder Holding, with a 67 percent share and Mozambican state company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique, with 33 percent, are currently considering investing in new docks, fertiliser, sugar and tobacco terminals and the physical separation of general and container cargo terminals.

Cornelder in Mozambique also plans to launch a tender for acquisition of two more cranes to handle containers at the port, and which are due to arrive in Beira at the end of 2012. (macauhub)