Port of Maputo, Mozambique, undergoes maintenance dredging

10 September 2014

Dredging operations to maintain the docks in the port of Maputo are due to begin this month, under the terms of a contract signed last week, the company Port of Maputo Development Company (MPDC) said in a statement.

The contract was signed in the port of Durban by the MPDC and the Transnet National Ports Authority, a division of Transnet Limited responsible for managing South Africa’s eight commercial ports.

The agreement to use Italeni, a vessel equipped with a grab dredger with a capacity of 750 cubic metres, is part of the memorandum of understanding signed with TNPA in June 2013, in which the two institutions agreed to strengthen their relations, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.

The memorandum with TNPA resulted in employee training employees at the TNPA Maritime School of Excellence, acquisition and refurbishment of the Ntwanano tug (already underway in Maputo), and this dredging work, with Italeni setting off for the port of Maputo in two weeks’ time.

The port of Maputo management company last year dredged the port’s access channel and some mooring docks. This work increased the depth of the port from 11 to 13.7 metres, allowing ships weighing over 65,000 tons to enter the port.

As a result, the port of Maputo increased its operating efficiency and exceeded the 17 million tons of cargo that had been set as a goal for 2013.

The port of Maputo was offered under concession to MPDC in 2003, a partnership between Mozambican state port and rail manager CFM and Portus Indico, a consortium of South African group Grindrod, DP World from the United Arab Emirates and Moçambique Gestores. (macauhub/MZ)