Mozambique’s Port of Maputo expected to process 15 million tons of cargo this year

7 December 2012

The port of Maputo is expected this year to process a total of 15 million tons of cargo, mainly made up of minerals, and more than twice the 7 million tons it processed in 2011, the managing director of the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC), said Tuesday in the Mozambican capital.

Cited by Mozambican newspaper O País, Osório Lucas said that in the second half of the year alone the port had processes 9 million tons of cargo.

The “rise in demand is partly due to commercial campaigns the company has promoted to customers in South Africa, which is where 80 percent of goods are from,” said Lucas.

“We managed to change customers’ minds about the port of Maputo, as there was an idea that this was a facility with some deficiencies, but we were able to demonstrate the opposite,” he said.

The port of is due to be the target of investments totalling US$750 million by 2030, which will be channelled into different programmes including expansion of the coal and container terminals.

The changes at the port are due to the need to improve the facility in order for it to compete with other ports in the region, particularly the port of Durban, in South Africa.

The Maputo Port Development Company is a private company born of a partnership set up in 2003 by state company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique, South African logistics group Grindrod and Dubai-based ports group DP World. (macauhub)