The main channel at the port of Maputo in Mozambique was dredged to 14.20 m. The deepening of the port’s waterways was completed and intends to allow access to the port by ships of up to 80,000 tonnes. With the development, the Mozambique’s port will compete with the regional and international rivals and will allows achieving the target of reaching 40 million tonnes of throughput by end of 2020. The dredging of the main channel of the port of Maputo will allow berthing of vessels with draft up to 12.90 m without having to wait for the tide, which could not happen before the development.
“The development of the port of Maputo waterways is a strategic decision that will help to achieve the set target of processing 40 million tonnes of cargo by the end of the year 2020”, said the Executive Director of the Maputo Port Development Company, Osorio Lucas. “The investment will transform the port of Maputo not into an alternative port, but into a port of choice. The additional three-metre depth of the access channel allows us to say that Maputo now has a port prepared to receive larger ships”, added he.
The dredging operation was awarded to international company Jan de Nul Dredging Middle East FZE which, with three dredgers in operation, removed about 14.5 million cbm of sediment and rock material. The total cost of the work was 84.1 million USD.
Port Maputo is located in the south of the Mozambique Channel in the southwest Indian Ocean.