A total of 138 additional hectares have been concessioned to the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) by the Government of Mozambique, with the aim of increasing the port’s storage and handling capacity.
Indeed, the port of Maputo had already reached the maximum capacity of its concession space. This area now under the concession (totaling 278 hectares of port concession), guarantees a series of investments that are in line with the port’s strategy, namely:
- Increase of the railway capacity for handling chrome from 2.2 to 4.2 million tons per annum, through the construction of 2 lines with an unloading capacity of 50 wagons each (as opposed to the previous capacity of 2 lines for 25 wagons), thus competing for a greater balance between road and rail volumes;
- Extension of the storage area for minerals (with the exception of coal and magnetite) resulting in a handling capacity of 9.2 million tons per annum;
- It will make it possible to generate, in the future and in line with the new master plan for the port, new storage areas through the reclaiming of land from the sea, in a total area of 15 hectares;
- It will allow the expansion of the coal and magnetite storage area at the Matola Coal Terminal resulting in an increase of the current throughput capacity of 7.3 to 12 million tons per annum;
- And, finally, it will allow the harmonization of the cabotage terminal, increasing the availability of berths to service cabotage vessels, a structured investment in a training center, in addition to areas to support the maritime service.
In May of this year, the Port of Maputo will publicly present its new Master Plan. This new plan foresees an increase in the handling volumes of the Port of Maputo from the current 22 to 42 million tons (in 2033). The vision for the future of the port considers the fundamental principles of port planning in its interaction with the city, port efficiency and sustainable development.
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