Maputo port dredging begins in May

20 April 2016

The dredging of the port of Maputo will begin in May at a cost of US$115 million in order to allow ships with capacity of over 80,000 tons to access the Mozambican capital’s port, Mozambican daily newspaper Noticias reported.

The contract was signed on Monday by the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) and Jan de Nul Dredging Middle East FZE, a company from the United Arab Emirates.

Management of the port of Maputo was handed over until 2033, to the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC), a private, national company, resulting from partnership between Mozambican port and rail company CFM and Portus Indico, set up by Grindrod, DP World and Mozambican company Mozambique Gestores.

This operation is intended to improve the depth of the port from the current 11 to 14.2 metres.

The dredging will allow the port to handle up to 40 million tons of cargo by 2033.

The port is part of the Maputo corridor, composed of the railway lines of Ressano Garcia, Limpopo and Goba and the N4 (Maputo – Witbank road), serving as a point for import and export of products from South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, the latter two without direct access to the sea. (macauhub/MZ)