The Mozambican Port Development Company (MPDC) last week launched two new tugboats with 1,750 horsepower engines each to improve the port’s operating conditions, the Mozambican press reported.
The chief executive of the MPDC, Osório Lucas, said that the two tugs – named Sereia and Bulani – had been specifically built to operate at the port of Maputo and cost US$15 million.
The two boats are operated by P&O Maritime, which in 2012 was hired to provide naval service including piloting, mooring and supply of equipment and maintenance services for the tugboats and pilot ships.
The two new boats are part of a master plan including investments of US$1.8 billion to increase the port’s processing capacity to 50 million tons by 2033.
The cargo handled at the port has risen steadily over the last decade from 5 million tons in 2003 to 15 million tons in 2012 and 17 million tons last year.
The MPDC is a partnership between state rail and port company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (49 percent) and private partnership Portus Indico (51 percent), which brings together DP World of Dubai, South Africa’s Grindrod and Mozambican company Moçambique Gestores. (macauhub/MZ)