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The Port of Nacala is located at 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 or District

Nampula Province

Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)

Name: Nacala

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S 14° 32’ 31.00”


E 40° 39’ 54.00”

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