Port of Angoche, in Mozambique, may start operating this year

23 September 2013

Exploration of heavy sands deposits in Sangage, in the Angiche district of Mozambique’s Nampula province, may lead to the re-opening this year of the Angoche shipping port, said the chairman of state port and rail company Portos e Caminhos de Ferros de Moçambique (CFM).

Rosário Mualeia told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias that studies were underway to repair the port, which had serious problems of sediment build up and a lack of basic services, as well as training of human resources.

“Re-opening the port of Angoche depends on it being repaired and on training its staff,” said Mualeia noting that training had already begun, specifically of marine and customs inspectors who will identify and determine the fees payable on goods at the port.

The metals mined in Sangage, which are being explored by Chinese businesses, are now exported through the port fo Nacala, which is just over 300 kilometres away and involves costs that could be reduced by using the port of Angoche. (macauhub)