The cargo handled in the port of Maputo in 2017 amounted to 18.2 million ton, or an increase of 22.1% compared to the 14.9 million tons handled in 2016, said the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC), in a statement released on Monday in Maputo.
The number of ships that used the port of Maputo last year fell from 955 to 896, but the processed cargo was in greater quantity, which is a result of the investment made by the management company in the dredging of the access channel, which increased the depth from 11 to 14.2 metres and allowed ships of greater capacity to dock at the port.
The MPDC reported that the largest vessel to dock at the port in 2017 was a freighter that was loaded with 96,400 tons of magnetite.
The dredging works of the access channel to the Matola Coal Terminal increased the depth to 15.4 metres, which also increased the capacity of the ships, and the average capacity of coal loaded per ship is now 85,000 tons.
The Port of Maputo manager plans to complete an expansion plan for the container terminal by the end of the first half of this year. In March it will open a new cruise terminal, and it is also expected to refurbish four docks this year with a joint length of 1,000 metres.
The Maputo Port Development Company is a partnership between the state-owned Mozambican port and railway company CFM and Portus Indico, made up of Grindrod (South Africa), DP World (Dubai) and local company Moçambique Managers. (macauhub)