Port of Maputo invests in operational equipment
Two new mobile harbour cranes were delivered to the Port of Maputo in February to join the operational fleet. The acquisition of new equipment is in response to growing demand, specifically in bulk minerals, and will improve productivity.
"In addition to the two mobile harbour cranes, we have recently acquired 14 payloaders, 8 tractors, 8 forklifts and 2 rail excavators (for wagon unloading operations). This investment is in line with the need to improve the berth usage and the rehabilitation and deepening works that are taking place at the moment, "said Chief Operations Officer, Marla Calado.
The acquisition of this new equipment represents a total investment of about 19 million dollars. The new fleet - larger and more modern - will allow higher productivity rates to be achieved supporting increased volumes handled in the port. Larger ships such as Capesize vessels have been calling at the port more frequently since the dredging of the access channel was completed in January 2017.
"Our turnaround times have been improving. We believe this new equipment will enable us to further increase our operational efficiency, our competitiveness and our volumes in terms of cargo handling," explained the COO.
The investment in equipment also includes the training of several operators and technicians for the handling and maintenance of the new machines, as well as the maintenance contracts with the manufacturer, which will guarantee greater reliability and availability of the equipment.
In 2019 the port expects to increase its handling capacity with the completion of the rehabilitation works of berths 6, 7, 8 and 9. The rehabilitation will not only create berths with a depth of up to -15 meters, but will improve the occupancy rate of the berths by creating a larger mooring area. The completion of the works is scheduled for the last quarter of this year.
Contributor: Soraia Abdula