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Port Overview

Quelimane is a small seaport 12.2 nautical miles up the Cuácua River (ex-Bons Sinais). It is a short and convenient route for the export of regional agricultural crops from the Province of Zambézia, such as rice, cotton and forestry products. With the decline of production during the civil war late last century, the exports almost came to a halt and the port fell into decline. However, following the end of the war and the concession to Cornelder Mozambique in 2004, the port underwent a rehabilitation programme that included a new concrete quay of 230 m long, and is now in good operational conditions. The Government and Cornelder agreed in December 2017 to end the concession agreement and the port management returned to Mozambique Ports and Railways Administration (CFM).

The electric power supply is stable; notwithstanding, a 250 KVA generator ensures power supply at all times, mainly for the cold chain installations and the security lighting along the security fence that surrounds the port area.

The port area borders a freight railway station with two warehouses in reasonable condition.

The road network that leads to Quelimane is mostly paved to the South (Caia), to the North (Mocuba and further to Nampula and Nacala), and to the West (Milange at the border with Malawi).

Quelimane is also connected to the Zambezi River by inland waterways used by Sena Sugar Factory at Marromeu, with barges for sugar exports through Quelimane. Sena Sugar has a pontoon crane with a capacity of 25 mt at the port to discharge these barges.

Port website:

http://www.cfm.co.mz/index.php/en/infraestruturas/cfm-center/port-of-quelimane

Key port information may also be found at:

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

https://www.searates.com/port/quelimane_mz.htm

http://www.maritime-database.com/port.php?pid=2323

http://www.findaport.com/port-of-quelimane

 

Port Location and Contact

Country

Mozambique

Province or District

Zambézia

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port

Quelimane Port is in town

Port's Complete Name

Port of Quelimane

Latitude

-17.88305

Longitude

36.88305

Managing Company or Port Authority

Mozambique Ports and Railways Administration (CFM), CFM Centro, Zambézia Delegation

Management Contact Person

 

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Quelimane, only operates national carriers

Port Picture



Description and Contacts of Key Companies

CFM Centro, Zambézia Delegation, manages the port.

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

Port Performance

The channel draft is 4.9 - 6.1 m (tidal) and the maximum vessel size is 150 m in length. The port is not congested and priority to humanitarian cargo is easily negotiable. The major limitation of the port is the access channel draft.

Seasonal Constraints

 

Occurs

Time Frame

Rainy Season

Yes

From November to March

Major Import Campaigns

No

n/a

Other Comments

 

Handling Figures for 2017

Vessel Calls

130 (113 in 2016)

Container Traffic (TEUs)

4,403 (5,654 in 2016)

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2017

Bulk (mt)

11,679 (45,487 in 2016)

Break bulk (mt)

 

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

Conventional Berth

n/a

n/a

n/a

 

Container Berth

Yes

230

4.9 - 6.1

 

Silo Berth

n/a

n/a

n/a

 

Berthing Tugs

None

n/a

n/a

There is just one pilot boat.

Water Barges

None

n/a

n/a

 


General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

Nr 1

Exports - Bagged Cargo

Nr 1

Imports and Exports - RoRo

n/a

Other Imports

Nr 1

Port Handling Equipment

CFM Centro, Zambézia Delegation, manages the port equipment.

Equipment

Available

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

No

  

Container Gantries

No

  

Mobile Cranes

Yes

1

Good

Reachstacker

Yes

1

Good

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)

Yes

1

Bad

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines

No

  

Transtainer

No

  

Forklifts

Yes

5

 

Container Facilities

The container facilities are very basic.

Facilities

20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

No

No

Container Freight Station (CFS)

No

No

Refrigerated Container Stations

18

 

Other Capacity Details

No

No

Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)

  

Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)

18

 

Emergency Take-off Capacity

 

 

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)

80

80

Customs Guidance

Customs regulations follow SADC regional integration requirements combined with existing local procedures depending on the cargo being cleared. Principal legislation, contacts and other useful customs-related information are 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 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

n/a

GRAIN AND BULK HANDLING

n/a

MAIN STORAGE TERMINAL

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

2 warehouses

900

Refrigerated Cargo

n/a

n/a

General Cargo

Uncovered area

31,000

Stevedoring

Stevedoring is provided by CFM using port equipment and casual labour recruited on a daily basis.

Hinterland Information

The cargo is moved to and from the port by road. The road network that serves the port of Quelimane is mostly paved to the South (Caia), to the North (Mocuba and further to Nampula and Nacala), and to the west (Milange at the border with Malawi).

Quelimane is also connected to the Zambezi River by inland waterways used by Sena Sugar Factory at Marromeu, with barges for sugar exports through Quelimane.

Port Security

Besides the security guards, a security fence surrounds the port area, illuminated at night with security lighting along the fence. In order to ensure 24-hour power supply, the port has a 250 KVA stand-by generator.

Security

ISPS Compliant

Yes

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

1

Police Boats

No

Fire Engines

Yes (1)