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Port Overview

The port of Maputo is the largest port in Mozambique, connected to an extensive rail and road network. It serves the Mozambique provinces of Maputo and Gaza and offers a short and viable access route for import and export cargoes from South Africa (Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces mainly), Swaziland, Zimbabwe (Matabeleland) and Botswana. More than 80% of handled cargo is in transit to/from neighbouring countries.

In total, the port has 16 linear berths totalling approximately 4,000 metres.

A renewable 25-year concession to manage and develop the port was awarded to an international port management consortium (Portus Indico), which subsequently formed a Mozambican joint venture with CFM – the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC).

The approach channels have recently been restored to design depth and continuous 24/7 port operations have been established. Vessels have a choice of two channels (North or South) to reach the Pilot Station at Buoy 6. Using the South Channel saves about 11 miles for vessels arriving from the South, but this channel is subject to strong tidal sets. Pilotage through the Xefina and Polana channels into the berths is compulsory from Buoy 6.

There are two main components to the port, the Maputo Cargo Terminals, which include the container, bulk minerals, citrus, sugar and molasses terminals and, 6 km further upriver, the Matola Bulk Terminals with four deep-water berths for handling coal, fuel and lubricants, aluminium and grains.

Port website: http://www.cfm.co.mz/index.php/en/infraestruturas/cfm-south/port-of-maputo

http://www.portmaputo.com/

Key port information may also be found at http://ports.com/mozambique/port-of-maputo/

http://ports.com/mozambique/port-of-matola/

http://www.maritime-database.com/port.php?pid=2291

 

Port Location and Contact

Country

Mozambique

Province or District

Maputo

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port

Maputo

Port's Complete Name

Port of Maputo

Latitude

-25,9602

Longitude

32,5454

Managing Company or Port Authority

MPDC except for the following terminals in Matola:

  • Aluminium (Mozal)
  • Grains (Grindrod/Stema)
  • Fuel and lubricants (Oiltanking Mozambique)

Management Contact Person

Kristina Abudo de Klerk

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Maputo International Airport served by the following airlines: LAM, SAA, TAP, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, TAAG, Fast Jet

Port Picture

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.3 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List

 

Port Performance

The Maputo Port’s access channel has a length of 48 Nautical Miles that enables MSD of 14.40m (with neap tides) or 15.50m (with spring tides).
Maximum LOA vessels depend on the category, but presently due to quay length and design drafts alongside, 300m is the acceptable size.
With the construction of Maputo-Katembe Bridge, limitations in air draft for all vessels is 62.50m.
Waiting time also depends on the type of vessel: 2-4 hours for containers and 12-24 hours for other types. Vessels with cargo for internal consumption, such as rice, wheat, frozen fish, fuel, etc. are given priority, as well as humanitarian cargo.

Seasonal Constraints

 

Occurs

Time Frame

Rainy Season

Yes

From November to March

Major Import Campaigns

No

 

Other Comments

 

Handling Figures for 2017

Vessel Calls

1,062

Container Traffic (TEUs)

101,995

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2017

Bulk (mt)

16,750,811

Break bulk (mt)

1,467,333

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

For information on port rates and charges, please see the following links: (OBS: Cornelder Tariff Book includes all except maritime services, which are included in the CFM Port Tariffs)

http://www.cornelder.co.mz/tarrifs/tariffs.html#

  

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length

(m)

Maximum

Draft (m)

Comments

Cabotage Berth (1)

1

293

7

 

Conventional Berth (3)

1

263

9

Car carriers, Cruise liners and Naval vessels

Conventional Berth (4)

1

273

9

General cargo

Conventional Berth (5)

1

230

12

Bulk, Project and General cargo

Conventional Berth (6)

1

246

9.5

Molasses

Conventional Berth (7)

1

240

12

Bulk and general cargo

Conventional Berth (8)

1

202

12

Bulk sugar

Conventional Berth (9)

1

436

12

Bulk chrome, ferro-chrome and nickel

Container Berth (10)

1

308

12

 

Conventional Berth (11)

1

177

12

Bulk clinker, gypsum, magnetite, and coal

Conventional Berth (12)

1

169

12

Vegetable oil

Silo Berth

1

210

9.5

Managed by Grindrod/Stema

Matola Coal Terminal

1

220

15.4

Bulk coal and magnetite.

Oil Jetty

1

230

11.5

Managed by Oil Tanking Mozambique

Aluminium terminal

1

230

12

Managed by Mozal

Berthing Tugs (2)

1

220

7.2

 

Water Barges

n.a.

  

 

 

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

Nr 4 and 5

Exports - Bagged Cargo

Nr 7

Imports and Exports - RoRo

Nr 3

Other Imports

n.a.

Port Handling Equipment

Port equipment is owned by MPDC or by its sub-concessions within its terminals, e.g. container terminal, bulk sugar terminal, grain terminal, vegetable oils terminal, molasses terminal.

Fleet availability is about 85% and usually maintained by the appropriate agents of each manufacturer.

A third mobile crane has been purchased, which could trim a day off vessel berthing times.

Equipment

Available

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

Yes

  

Container Gantries

Yes

  

Mobile Cranes

Yes

1 x 60 tons

2 x 144 tons

 

Reachstacker

Yes

  

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)

Yes

24 tractors and 41 trailers

 

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines

Yes

  

Transtainer

Yes

  

Forklifts

Yes

2 x 2.5 tons

2 x 4.5 tons

6 x 7 tons

2 x 7.5 tons

2 x 15 tons

1 x 24 tons

5 x 28 tons

2 x 40 tons

 

Pay loaders

Yes

15

 

Excavators

Yes

6 x 20 tons

 

Container Facilities

Facilities

20 ft.

40 ft.

Container Facilities Available

  • 308 m berth
  • 4 x 375 m rail siding
  • 12 m draft
  • 3 mobile harbour cranes
  • RTG container terminal operation
  • 196 reefer plugs
  • 300,000 TEU capacity
 

Container Freight Station (CFS)

MICD (Maputo Intermodal Container Depot):

  • Warehouse (8,000 m2)
  • Empty container yard (2,500 TEU)
  • Full container yard (300 TEU)
  • Bulk packing slab (8,000 m2)
 

Refrigerated Container Stations

n/a

 

Other Capacity Details

 Annual 300,000 TEU capacity

 

Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)

900-1,000 Containers per day

 

Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)

196 reefer plugs

 

Emergency Take-off Capacity

n/a

 

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)

n/a

 

Customs Guidance

Customs regulations in Mozambique combine SADC regional integration requirements with existing local procedures, depending on the cargo being cleared. Principal legislation, contacts and other useful customs-related information is available from the Mozambican Customs Authority (www.alfandegas.gov.mz)

The process of application for exemption of duties comprises following steps:

  • Accreditation and licensing to operate in Mozambique with special diplomatic status for duty free imports.
  • Before the arrival of the cargo submission of:
    Commercial invoice
    Packing List
    Application to Customs with justification for exemption
  • Customs clears the goods that can be exempted from duties, through the JUE (“Janela Única Eletrónica” or Electronic Single Window).
  • For the submission to JUE, the following is required:
    Commercial invoice
    Transport document (original)
    Packing List
    Customs clearance document
  • JUE issues a notice of payment (AP).
  • Deduction of import duties at JUE:
  • The AP is taken physically to Tax Department to apply respective deduction of the value of the import duties.
  • Once this step is finalized, the customs clearance process can be completed.

For more information on customs in Mozambique, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information


Terminal Information

MULTIPURPOSE TERMINAL

The MICD terminal comprises a warehouse with 8,000m2, container yard for 2,500 TEUs empties and 300 TEUs full and 8,000 m2 open storage for bulk packing slab. The terminal offers a wide variety of container related services:

  • Container storage
  • Container inspections
  • Cleaning of containers
  • Light container repairs
  • Pre-trip inspections on reefer containers
  • Receiving bulk cargoes and pack into containers
  • Receiving and warehousing of unitised cargoes for packing into containers
  • De-stuffing of containers, warehousing of cargo and loading onto road vehicles
  • Warehouse approved by PPECB for ambient packing of fruits

The port has general cargo berth with two Ro-Ro access ramp points (263 and 285m berth length respectively).

GRAIN AND BULK HANDLING

The bulk grain terminal at MPDC, operated by MGT, is comprised of 5 silos with 5,000 tons capacity each. The annual handling capacity is 200,000 tons. Kemmie is responsible for bagging and direct bagging from ship discharge.

MAIN STORAGE TERMINAL

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

One

2,504

Refrigerated Cargo

n.a.

n.a.

General Cargo

Two

1,972 + 1,784

Stevedoring

The following companies perform stevedoring activities in the port of Maputo:

RGB – https://www.freightnet.com/profile/154340.htm/

Manica Moçambique – http://www.manica.co.mz/

Unidos Serviços

Mozport Maputo – http://www.supermaritime.com/offices/maputo/

Hinterland Information

The main customers of the port of Maputo are from neighbouring countries and make use of the following three railway lines:

  • Ressano Garcia Line to the South Africa border (88 km). There is a partial concession for iron ore traffic with Transnet.
  • Goba Line to the Swaziland border (71 km). Operated by CFM Sul.
  • Limpopo Line to the Zimbabwe border (522 km). Operated by CFM Sul.

The road connection to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland is in good condition. However, road traffic to Zimbabwe and Botswana still transits mainly through South Africa at present.

The road network that links the port with the Provinces of Maputo, Gaza and Inhambane is also paved and in reasonably good condition.


Port Security

Security

ISPS Compliant

Yes

Current ISPS Level
(Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional)

1

Police Boats

Yes

Fire Engines

Yes