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Key port information can also be found at: Website of the Maritime Database on the Port of Nacala

Port Overview

The Port port of Nacala is located at in the south of the Bay of Bengo in Northern Moçambique and is acknowledged as a very good natural deep-sea harbour with a berth draft in excess of 7 m. Due to the depth of its waters, it has exceptional navigation conditions, allowing the entry and departure of ships of any size, 24 hours a day, this makes Nacala the largest natural deep-water port on the East African Coast. At the entrance to the port the width is over 800m and has a draft of over 60m. However, its linkages to Malawi are not as well developed. The use of this corridor in previous drought responses of food distribution to Malawi was therefore very limited. The Port of Nacala has a railway linking the port with Blantyre and Lilongwe in Malawi but it has no substantive road network and therefore serious infrastructural deficiencies exist.

Opened to traffic in October 1951, the Nacala Port currently has a General Cargo Terminal (GCT) able to handle 2.4 million mt’s of cargo annually with 8 warehouses covering a total surface area of 21,000 m². The container terminal is 372m in length. Nacala also has a terminal for bulk liquids, linked by a 3.5 km pipeline to fuel tanks, as well as tanks for vegetable oil.

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province of Nampula within a protected bay with 60m deep and 800m wide at the entrance. It features exceptional navigability conditions, allowing the movement of ships 24 hours per day without restrictions, except along the pier with a 7mts draft, and is the only deep-water port of Mozambique and the largest in the entire East Africa coast.

The port is connected to Malawi and to Niassa province by rail and offers a key access route for import and export cargoes from Malawi, Zambia and the Tete province (mainly coal exports).  The road network serves other national destinations in Nampula, Zambézia and Cabo Delgado provinces

At present, most of the traffic is import/export cargo from Mozambique, although the potential for transit traffic is enormous.  Transit cargo represents just 7% in TEUs; 2% in break bulk; and 32% bulk.

It has a general cargo terminal with four docks, eight warehouses in a covered area of 21,000 sqm and open-air storage of 800,000 sqm.

A renewable 15-year concession to manage and develop the port was awarded to an international port management consortium (Vale do Rio Doce from Brazil and Mitsui from Japan).

The main components of the port are: (i) general cargo berths; (ii) container berth; (iii) Liquid Bulk Terminal, connected to a fuel tank through a pipeline with 3.5 km and two deposits for vegetable oils; (iv) and the Coal Terminal, on the other side of the bay (Nacala-a-Velha).

Currently substantial investment is being undertaken mainly to improve break-bulk and container handling facilities and to build new facilities that will prompt increased levels of transit traffic.

Port website:

http://www.cfm.co.mz/index.php/en/infraestruturas/cfm-north/port-of-nacala

https://cdn.co.mz/en/nacala-port/

http://www.portosdonorte.co.mz/facilities/

Key port information may also be found at:

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

http://www.maritime-database.com/port.php?pid=2309

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

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

 

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Airport Name: n/a

Port Location and Contact

Country

Mozambique

Province or District

Nampula Province

Nearest Town or City (Closest location)

with Distance (km)

from Port

Nacala

Distance 0 km: n/a

Port's Complete Name

n/a

Nacala Port

Latitude

-14.

54194

533056

Longitude

40.

665

666667

Managing Company or Port Authority (If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)

Corredor do Norte (CDN)

Management Contact Person

n/a 

Closest Nearest Airport and Airlineswith Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations

International Arrivals/Departures

Nacala International Airport

LAM and charter flights

Port Picture

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Description and Contacts of Key Companies

The port is managed by CDN (Northern Development Corridor) who retains commercial, technical and infrastructure management, whilst the operations are under the responsibility of the subsidiary “Portos de Norte”.

CFM still holds some warehousing capacity. 

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

Port Performance

The port has no channel restrictions. 177 vessels called the port in 2017, 1.4% less than 2016 and 1.666.663 MT were handled, 1.9% more than the previous year.  Mozambique export traffic (mainly coal) has the larger share of the traffic.  Berth occupancy rates are around 50%.

Priority for humanitarian cargo is easily negotiable.

Seasonal Constraints

 

Occurs

Time Frame

Rainy Season

No

 

Major Import Campaigns

No

 

Other Comments

 

Handling Figures for 2017

Year 2009

Vessel Calls

237277 (281 in 2016)

Container Traffic (TEUs)

53,215

For additional informaiton on port performances and capacities, please select the following document:

Mozambique Port of Nacala Additional Information 

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

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70,931 (71,142 in 2016)

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2017

Bulk (MT)

1,225,406 (1,123,442 in 2016)

Break bulk (MT)

1,021,706 (1,022,444 in 2016)

For additional information on port performances and capacities, please select the following document: Mozambique Port of Nacala Additional Information 

Berthing Specifications

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Type of Berth

Quantity

Length

(m)

Maximum Draft (m)

Comments

Conventional Berth

4

180

14

200+160+225+90

7.5 – 10

 

Container Berth

2

670

9.5

335+37

15

 

Silo Berth

n/a

n/a

n/a

1

152

7.5 – 10

 

Berthing Tugs

n/a  

Yes

 

Water Barges

n/a

For further information on berthing specifications, please select the following document:

Mozambique Port of Nacala Additional Information

General Cargo Handling Berths

For information on general cargo handling berths, please select the following document:

Mozambique Port of Nacala Additional Information

   

 

 

Port Handling Equipment

The port and all equipment is managed by CDN, the concessionaire.

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Equipment

Available

(Yes / No)

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

n/a

-

-

Yes

1x20T + 1X10 + 4x5T

Good

Container Gantries

Yes

-

1x25T

-

Good

Mobile Cranes

Yes

-

1x22T

-

Good

Reachstacker

Yes

-

3x42T

-

Good

RoRo Tugmaster (w/ with Trailer)

n/a

-

-

Yes

2xtractors + 4xtrailers

Good

Grain Elevator w/ with Bagging Machines

n/a

-

-

Transtrainer

n/a

-

-

Yes

2xvacuvators + 2xhoppers + several bagging machines

Good

Transtainer

 

  

Forklifts

Yes

14 - 6: up to 16 mt 1: 32 mt 7: over 32 mt

-

For further information on operational port cargo equipment, please select the following document:

Mozambique Port of Nacala Additional Information

3 x 2.5T + 1 x 4T + 1 x 32

+ 4 x 42T + 2 x 16T

Good

Container Facilities

n/a

Facilities

20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

n/a

n/a

Yes

Yes

Container Freight Station (CFS)

Yes, 1

Yes, 1  

Refrigerated Container Stations

n/a

n/a  

Other Capacity Details

  

Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per dayDay)

 210 

Number of Reefer Stations
(
connection pointsConnection Points)

21

 

 

Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication)

 

 

Off take capacity of gang shift (in Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per shiftShift)

n/a

n/a

For further information on container facilities, please select the following document:

Mozambique Port of Nacala Additional Information

Customs Guidance

  

 

Customs Guidance

Customs regulations are, by their nature, complex and change regularly.  This is also the case in Mozambique where SADC regional integration requirements combine 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 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 finalised, the customs clearance process can be completed

 

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

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

The container and multi-purpose terminal has a 372 mts long quay with a 15 mts depth alongside. The terminal has 6,000 TEU storage capacity. Currently the terminal handle 100,000 TEU per year.

Main Storage Terminal

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For information on storage facilities, please select the following document:

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Storage Type


Number of Storage Facilities 

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

 

12,000

Refrigerated Cargo

  

General Cargo

  

Stevedoring

Stevedoring labour force exclusively supplied by TN (Terminais de Norte).

Hinterland Information

The port was primarily designed as a main gateway for the import and export cargoes from Malawi that uses the railway line. In recent years, the north of Mozambique has shown significant development that also generates cargo for the Port of Nacala; hence increased influence of domestic traffic at the port vis-à-vis transit cargo.  The railway line to Malawi and beyond to Zambia, DRC and Tete province (coal) offers today a good and reliable link.  The other domestic traffic is moved by road, covering mainly the provinces of Nampula and Cabo Delgado and the northern part of Zambézia province.

Port Security

Nacala Port was registered and accredited in 2007 as being compliant of the ISPS security code

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. The port has

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gate checks

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all people working in the port are well identified with specific uniforms for better identification

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Security 

ISPS Compliant

(Yes / No)

Yes

Current ISPS Level

1

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

1

Police Boats

n/a

No

Fire Engines

n/a

Yes

 

 

The container and multi-purpose terminal has a 372 mts long quay with a 15 mts depth alongside. The terminal has 6,000 TEU storage capacity. Currently the terminal handle 100,000 TEU per year.