Port of Maputo in Mozambique plans to build parking lot for trucks in Matola

22 April 2013

The Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) is negotiating with the Matola municipal area to be granted land to build a parking lot for 1,000 trucks in order to reduce congestion on the port’s access roads, according to the chairman of the management company.

During the ceremony to mark the port’s 110th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of the port concession, Osório Lucas noted that the parking lot would provide room for trucks loaded with cargo for the Port of Maputo, but would also allow small and medium-sized national companies to set themselves up there to provide a number of services to truck drivers.

A rise in imports and exports from neighbouring countries via the port of Maputo has led to a significant increase in road traffic, particularly on National Road 4, the main access road to the port, he said, cited by daily newspaper Notícias.

As well as increasing the cargo to the port, the fact that rail transport was unable to respond to demand due to a lack of rolling stock, means that some of that cargo is now carried by road.

At the moment, 41 percent of the cargo processed at the Port of Maputo arrives by road, and achieving a balance between road and rail transport requires investment in railroads. This is already in the pipeline and involves not only MPDC but also three railway companies, from Mozambique (CFM), South Africa (Transnet) and Swaziland (Swazi Rail).

Amongst the large projects underway at the port, the chairman noted conclusion, this year, of one of the important stages of expanding the Matola Coal Terminal, the capacity of which will increase from 6 million tons to 7.2 million tons, with the aim of 30 million tons in the long term. (macauhub)