Dredging of Maputo entrance channel gets underway
Nov 24, 2003
A dredging contract to restore the Maputo port approach channel to a depth of –9.4m has been awarded to the Dredging International Group by the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC).
The contract involves the removal of approximately 2 million cubic metres of spoil that has accumulated in the approach channel in recent years. The contract is a key element of the civil works being undertaken on behalf of MPDC as part of the Maputo Port rehabilitation programme.
“When the depth and width of the Polana and Xefina channels are fully restored, deep-draught bulk carriers will be able to enter the port by day and night at most stages of the tide. That will be another major improvement to the range of marine services that MPDC can offer its growing list of customers,” said Ken Shirley, MPDC Operations Manager.
Dredging International Group is deploying a large trailer suction dredger to Maputo, with work expected to commence on site beginning of December 2003. Completion is expected early February 2004.
“The pace of our priority works programme is now accelerating”, says Alec Don, CEO of Port Maputo. He said that construction of the electrified perimeter fence would soon be finished, meaning a fully secured operating environment for all port users. Key operational buildings were in the process of refurbishment and productivity was improving significantly with the new equipment brought into the port.
“This major dredging contract represents possibly one of the most important steps forward in the process of improving the capacity and efficiency of the port for the benefit of all our customers.”