Mozambican ports are expected to handle more than 50 million tonnes of miscellaneous cargo by the end of the current year, thus exceeding the target set, Transport and Communications Minister Carlos Mesquita said.
The minister said that the increase in the cargo handled is due, among other things, to the acquisition of coaches and engines for cargo and passenger rail capacity; completion of the Cuamba-Lichinga railroad, the multipurpose port and the Nacala railway line, improving the capacity of the Ressano Garcia railway line, acquisition of maritime surveillance equipment, and the legal and operational reform for the revitalisation of coastal shipping.
Mesquita, who was speaking in the city of Beira during the closing of the 37th Coordinating Council of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, acknowledged, however, that the Mozambican rail and port sector needs to improve its efficiency and competitiveness, capacity of port handling and to increase rolling stock.
“The legal reform underway should continue, and it is urgent to approve the Port Law that is being drafted. At sea the focus should be on the consolidation of coastal shipping, a strategic mode of transport for the circulation of domestic goods, given the potential of the Mozambican coast,” said the minister.