Maputo, Mozambique — 13 April 2012 – The cargo handled at the port of Maputo may total 14Mt this year thanks mainly to mineral exports, according to projections from the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC).
Macauhub News Agency reports that port manager Osório Lucas “’ the interim chief executive of MPDC “’ said here that in the last eight years the port had seen the cargo it handled triple, from 4Mt in 2003 to 11.8Mt in 2011.
Cited by daily newspaper Notícias, Lucas said that the approved expansion plan outlined that the volume of cargo handled at the port would reach 40t in the next five to six years.
This projection is based on an expected increase in bulk and general cargo from 2 to 8Mtpa, as well as a rise in the amount exported via the coal terminal, from 6Mt now to 30Mtpa over the same period. Of this amount, 20Mt will be coal and 10Mt will be magnetite.
The port of Maputo includes the container terminals, managed by DP World, the vehicle and coal terminals managed by Grindrod, the sugar terminal managed by Maputo Sugar Terminal (STAM), the citrus fruit terminal operated by FTP – fresh produce Terminals (Moçambique) and the grain, aluminium and fuel terminals, all in Matola, managed by state company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique.
Source: Macauhub News Agency. For more information, click here.