The process to select the company to dredge the Maputo Port access channel is underway.
The dredging of the channel from its current -11 meter vessel draft to allow for sailing vessels with drafts of up to 14.2 meters is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2015 after a contractor has been selected.
The dredging project aims to give bigger ships of up to 80.000 dead weight tons access through the channel making the Port of Maputo more competitive in regional and international markets.
This is the second dredging of the port’s access channel. In 2010/2011 it was dredged from -9.4 meters (the designed depth for the channel) to -11 meters which contributed to the increased cargo volumes handled from 12 million tons in 2011 to more than 19 million tons in 2014.
The last two years of major investment follow he Port’s 2010 Masterplan with several expansion, rehabilitation projects and equipment acquisitions for landside and marine side operations. These developments and the new dredging will allow the port to handle growing demand and to achieve cargo throughput of 40 million tons in the next five years.