MPDC to start rehabilitation of 1058 meters of quay in June

Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) has signed a contract for the rehabilitation of the quays 6, 7, 8 and 9 of Maputo Port, an investment of USD 64 million. These represent 1058 linear meters of berth that will be deepened to an average of -15 meters, thus allowing the port to receive larger vessels.

“This is a major project and marks one of the most important milestones of the Port of Maputo Master Plan. The rehabilitation will not only create berths with bottoms of up to -15 meters, but will improve the berth occupation rate by creating a larger mooring area, “said Osório Lucas, noting that the project will rehabilitate berth 6 that is not is currently used. Rehabilitation work will start in June and will be carried out by Mota-Engil.

The project includes an internship program for young Mozambican engineers, since it is a unique port infrastructure work in our country. The program had a total of 55 candidates, of whom 6 will be selected to integrate the different phases of the work.

The refurbishment work on the quays follows the dredging of the access channel to Maputo Port, completed in January 2017, which represented an investment of USS 86 million.

“Dredging has led to a 40% increase in cargo capacity in Maputo and a 55% increase in cargo capacity at Matola,” said Executive Director Osório Lucas.

“The rehabilitation of these quays will allow us, on the Maputo side, also to withdraw the maximum potential of the dredging work,” he said.

The rehabilitation of quay 9 is scheduled for completion in February 2019 and the work of quays 6, 7 and 8 is expected to be completed by December 2019.