The access channel and some mooring docks in the port of Maputo, Mozambique, will this year be dredged in order to increase their depth from 11 metres to 13.7 metres, thus allowing ships weighing over 65,000 tons to enter the port, the port’s concession company said.
Soraya Abdula, the director for Communications of Companhia de Desenvolvimento do Porto de Maputo (Port of Maputo Development Company), said that dredging the access channel and the mooring dock was one of the biggest investments made in 2013, as part of the master plan for the port of Maputo.
Abdula also noted that the investment had increased the efficiency of operations and allowed the port to exceed its target of handling 17 million tons of goods in 2013.
Cited by daily newspaper Notícias, Abdula also said that deepening the access channel and the mooring docks, by allowing larger capacity ships to moor, would prevent ships from travelling to other ports in the region to load up, which increases the cost of operations.
In the current conditions some ships are forced to leave the port of Maputo with only a partial load to go to neighbouring ports that are deeper, such as the port of Richards Bay, in South Africa, where they can fill the cargo hold to capacity without risk of running aground.
The MPDC is a partnership of state port and rail company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique and Porticus Indico, which in turn is a partnership of South African group Grindrod and DP World of the United Arab Emirates and Mozambican company Moçambique Gestores. (macauhub)