Government of Mozambique launches public tender for coastal shipping service

19 August 2016

Mozambican state sea and river transport company Transmarítima has launched a public tender for the selection of a private partner in order to boost the company’s business, which is “almost dying,” according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The newspaper also wrote that Transmarítima currently works only with small boats in the transport of passengers and goods on trips throughout the country, due to technical and financial problems.

The selection of a private partner would make it possible to hand over some of the company’s services, focused on coastal shipping, in order to reduce congestion on the country’s roads.

The tender aims, according to Transmarítima, to set up a partnership with a private entity capable of financing, operating, managing, maintaining and developing a coastal shipping (cabotage) service.

The Minister of Transport and Communications, Carlos Mesquita, said recently the government was making efforts to ensure that the transport of people and cargo within the country by sea begins this year. (macauhub/MZ)