Dredging is now underway in Maputo harbour to allow the port to handle larger ships. The dredge involves the removal of about 2 million cubic metres of material, including rock in the access channel.
The operation, which will use new technology to remove the rock, will take from four to six months and will increase the depth from the present 9.4 m to 11 m. The port will then be able to take vessels up to 70,000 tonnes. At present large ships have to remain outside for favourable tides.
Mascarenes Dredging and Management is responsible for the dredging on behalf of the port management company, Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC)
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