Port of Maputo inaugurates rehabilitated berths

Maputo, 16th May 2022: A total of 1058 metres of berthing area (comprising berths 6, 7, 8, and 9) were inaugurated on Wednesday, 11th of May 2022, by the President of Mozambique, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi.

The berths, rehabilitated, expanded, and dredged to depths of up to -16 metres, are now fully operational, allowing the port to receive and load an increasing number of bigger vessels (capesize).

In his inaugural speech, the President said that there would be more revenue and income for Mozambicans with the increase in shipments. The strategic intent to invest in the Port of Maputo’s infrastructure has contributed significantly to adding value to the business.

At the same event, the CEO of Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) Osório Lucas, affirmed: “These berths are a fundamental pillar for implementing the master plan launched in 2010 and approved by the Government of Mozambique. They are also the foundation of the new master plan that we presented publicly yesterday at our Conference.” 

Preceding the berth inauguration, MPDC held the 7th Conference of the Port of Maputo, presenting the port’s future up to and beyond 2043. Some of the planned investments are:

• Construction of a new berth for bulk cargo
• Creation of a food terminal (grains, sugar, vegetable oils, molasses)
• Expansion of the container terminal
• Expansion of the intermodal container terminal (MICD)
• Expanding TCM capacity to 12 MTPA

Osório Lucas reinforced that it is essential to align investment throughout the corridor. “We will continue to work with CFM and Transnet to achieve a better balance between road and rail freight, promoting an integrated development that will further enhance the corridor’s growth.”

The vision for the port’s future considers the fundamental principles of port planning in its interaction with the city, port efficiency, and sustainable development.