The dredging of the access channel to the port of Maputo to allow the entry of vessels of up to 80 tons of gross tonnage will begin in May following the signing of a contract recently, Sunday newspaper Domingo reported.
The contract, worth US$100 million for a 10-month contract was signed by the Maputo Port Development Company and Jan de Nul Dredging Middle East FZE, a dredging company based in Dubai, UAE Arab States, of family-owned group Jan de Nul, with financial headquarters in Luxembourg.
Dredging to deepen the approach channel from the current 11 metres to 14 metres will create conditions for safe navigation and ensure that larger ships can dock safely, making the port of Maputo more competitive.
The previous dredging operation of the Maputo port channel allowed access to vessels of up to 65,000 tons, which contributed to the expansion of the ferro-chrome and container terminals, a new terminal for grains and recovery of piers three, four and five.
The Maputo Port Development Company is a private company resulting from a partnership between Mozambican state-owned port and railway company CFM and and Portus Indico, which in turn is made up of South Africa’s Grindrod group, DP World of the United Arab Emirates and Mozambican company Mozambique Gestores.