Port of Maputo management company plans to make better use of available space

24 January 2014

The port of Maputo’s management company, Companhia de Desenvolvimento do Porto de Maputo (MPDC) is looking into the possibility of gradually eliminating closed warehouses and replacing them with open warehouses that have a variety of uses, the company’s director for engineering projects said.

Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, Kátia Estajo said that the aim was to make use of the same area in one season to store a certain cargo and in another season to store some other type of cargo without making any significant changes.

She also noted that there were large areas in the port that were not used and there were plans to transform them into working areas without administrative buildings.

“Speeding up re-sizing projects and maximising the use of available space in the port facility are two of the current focuses of Companhia de Desenvolvimento do Porto de Maputo to cover an increase in business in the southern region with the rest of the world, particularly in terms of vehicles and ore,” she said.

The area of which the port of Maputo has jurisdiction is estimated at 5,594 hectares, although just 140.6 hectares are included in the concession area, of which 118.6 hectares are in the city of Maputo and 22 hectares in the city of Matola.

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)