Port of Maputo in Mozambique expected to handle 17 million tons of cargo in 2013

16 December 2013

The cargo handled at the port of Maputo this year is expected to exceed its previous record of 17 million tons according to the port’s manager, the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC).

Mozambican news agency AIM said that the minister for Transport and Communications, Gabriel Muthisse, who Friday visited the port, said that the new record confirmed the efforts made towards growth and commitment to the national and regional economy.

“The projects in line for the future are sustainable but we have to work to increase their economic justification,” said the minister, giving as an example the future project to dredge the port in order to allow larger ships to dock as well as putting it on the same level as other ports in the region (Richards Bay and Durban).

As part of the Master Plan drawn up by the MPDC, which covers a period of over five years, US$2 billion is due to be invested in the port of Maputo to increase its cargo processing capacity and competitiveness.

Of that amount, since the beginning of the year the company has invested US$80 million on work to improve the port’s facilities.

Minister Gabriel Muthisse officially launched the port’s new tug boat, which will assist ships in docking manoeuvres and rescue work.

The MPDC is a consortium made up of state port and rail company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (49 percent), South African group Grindrod (27.4 percent) and DP World (27.4 percent) of the United Arab Emirates and small investors that own the remaining 1.6 percent. (macauhub)