A coastal shipping service in Mozambique is due to be launched in the first half of the year, with the government setting up conditions for this to happen, he Minister of Transport and Communications said on Wednesday.
“Within 10 days we will meet with three companies that have submitted their proposals and are currently discussing with Transmarítima details of the development of cabotage services,” said Carlos Mesquita, quoted by Mozambican news agency AIM.
The Minister stressed that the beginning of a coastal shipping, or cabotage, service will reduce disparities in terms of competitiveness and benefit the people by reducing commodity prices.
It will also make it possible to recover some secondary and tertiary ports, “which will have direct implications on local development,” added Mesquita.
Mozambican sea and river transport company, Transmarítima is looking for a private partner to enable it to operate the service. The private partner will be responsible for “operation, management, maintenance and development of the coastal shipping service at its own risk.”
Owned by the Mozambican state, Transmarítima is “almost dying,” daily newspaper Notícias reported, operating only with small boats to transport passengers and goods along the coast due to technical and financial difficulties. (macauhub)