The Port of Beira, the only port of entry and exit for goods from countries such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Botswana, plans to double its capacity to handle containers and general cargo, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.
The newspaper said that in order to achieve that target state port management company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) and the concession-holder Cornelder de Moçambique are making large investments.
The port, which was designed to handle 100,000 containers per year, in 2010 the Port of Beira handled 105,000 contained, which rose to 160,000 in 2011. In 2006 the port handled just 55,000 containers.
In general cargo, the port handled 1.2 billion tons in 2010 and in 2011 the figure totalled 1.9 billion tons, which was an increase of almost 40 percent year-on-year.
By 2016 it is expected that the Port of Beira will have an average capacity of 400,000 containers. By 2015 CFM projects that the port will handle 300,000 containers. (macauhub)