Dredging of port of Maputo, Mozambique, allows access by ships of up to 80,000 tons

19 May 2014

The depth of the access channel of the port of Maputo will increase from 11 to 14 metres, once dredging begins at the beginning of July, which will allow it to receive larger draught ships, Mozambique’s Transport and Communications Minister said in Maputo.

Gabriel Muthisse said that the government was happy that dredging had begun as making the channel deeper would make the port to be more competitive by allowing it to receive ships weighing up to 80,000 tons.

“In this way the port of Maputo will become more competitive in relation to other ports in the region as the ships will be able to establish routes between Maputo and large cargo hubs,” the minister said cited by daily newspaper Notícias.

During the 6th Annual Conference of the Port of Maputo, the Transport and Communications Minister noted that, of all the players involved in the complex logistics chain, the rail component was the one with the greatest direct impact on sustainable development of a port like Maputo.

“It is not sustainable for any economy, even for the most robust, that large volumes of cargo, notably minerals, be carried by road, as roads become congested and this traffic clearly contributes to their poor state of repair,” said Muthisse.

In fact, the issue of transferring cargo that is transported by road to the railways, was also mentioned by Siyabonga Gama, an executive of Transnet Freight & Rail of South Africa, according to whom joint efforts should be made to make the most of the region’s potential. (macauhub/MZ)