The port of Maputo will be able to receive ships of up to 85,000 tonnes in February 2017, when dredging works begun last May are completed, said the engineer responsible for the project.
Paulo Mata, the engineer for the project, which is expected to cost around US$100 million, and is being carried out by Jan de Nul Dredging Middle East FZE, said that the port currently has capacity to process 25million tonnes of cargo per year.
“When the work to increase the depth and width of the access channel has been completed the port will have capacity to process over 40 million tonnes of cargo by 2020,” said the official, according to Mozambican news agency AIM.
In addition to dredging of the port, there also plans to deepen the coal dock in Matola, expand the container terminal as well as build another dock.
“The access channel currently has a depth of 11 metres, after the dredging carried out in 2010, but to reach 40 million tons by 2020 it proved to be necessary to increase the depth to 14 metres,” said Mata.