Hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of sediment will soon be removed from the access channels and other operational areas of the port of Maputo, as part of an emergency dredging operation, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.
The dredging, which will be carried out by dredging companies Empresa Moçambicana de Dragagem (Emodraga) and Denmark’s Rohde Nielsen, is intended to get depth back to the 11 metres achieved during a previous dredging operation at a time when the depth of the port was no more than 9.4 metres.
That dredging programme took place between September 2010 and January 2011, and removed 2 million cubic metres of sediment, including rocks, and the impact on shipping traffic was immediate as the number of vessels that the port received in 2011 exceeded the record of over 1,000 ships in 2010.
The planned maintenance dredging is due to begin this month and will take an expected four to six weeks, according to information provided by the port authority, and will be carried out by a Rohde Neilsen dredger that is due to arrive in Maputo in the next few days.
As a result of investments that have been carried out, the cargo handled at the port of Maputo may total 14 million tons this year according to projections from the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC), the port’s manager. (macauhub)