The works of the second phase of the refurbishment and expansion of the Port of Nacala, in Nampula, Mozambique, is due to begin in March next year, in order to increase the port’s capacity to handle cargo in transit, especially for Malawi and Zambia.
Estimated to cost US$400 million, funded by the governments of Mozambique and Japan, the works will increase the number of parks for containers and the installation of new equipment.
Luis Machado, head of operations for port company Empresa Portos do Norte, which manages the port of Nacala, told daily newspaper Noticias the work should be completed by 2020.
Studies by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) report that when the works are completed, the Port of Nacala will be able to handle 250,000 20-foot containers per year.
Currently, the Port of Nacala has the capacity to handle 180,000 20-foot containers a year and can receive six ships at once.
The port’s managers expect around 73,000 containers to be handled in 2016.
Located in the north of Mozambique, the Port of Nacala handles mainly agricultural products, such as sesame, corn, wheat and beans. (macauhub)