Mozambican government plans to extend dry docks at sea ports

11 February 2014

The Mozambican government plans to extend the dry docks at sea ports across the country, the Minister for Transport and Communications, Gabriel Muthisse said recently in Nampula.

Muthisse also said that dry docks were important for competitiveness and efficiency of the sea ports in order for “Mozambique to become a benchmark in the regional and continental context.”

Mozambique currently has just two dry docks in the ports of Beira and Nacala, in Sofala and Nampula provinces, respectively, which operate within a legal framework that lacks regulation.

Mathisse noted that the value of business at the dry docks in both Nacala and was far from meeting the expectations that had led to their construction.

The users of Mozambique’s ports complain of long waiting periods for goods to be unloaded because of a lack of space at the ports.

A lack of dry docks has led to congestion at some ports and shipping operators wait for long periods to load and unload their ships. (macauhub)