Dredging work to deepen the access channel to the port of Maputo has already removed one million cubic metres of sediment, a month after it began, the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) said in a statement.
The statement said the first of three dredgers deployed by Jan de Nul Dredging Middle East FZE, the international dredging company that was awarded this operation, arrived at the port of Maputo on 20 May and the first dredging cycle started on 21 May.
The MPDC also said that over the 10 months of dredging around 12 million cubic metres of sediment are expected to be removed along the access channel, after which ships weighing up to 80,000 tons will be able to dock at the port of Maputo.
When completed, this transaction will increase the access channel to the port pass from a depth of 11 metres to 14.2 metres at the peak of high tide.
The port of Maputo was concessioned by the government of Mozambique to MPDC in 2003, but gained new momentum in 2008 when Grindrod and DP World acquired a majority of Portus Indico the largest shareholder (51 percent) and sponsor of the project. (macauhub/MZ)