The recent dredging to the Port of Maputo,
Mozambique, access channel, early this
year, from -11 to 14.3 meters served as an enabler to other
infrastructure projects, some already taking place at the Port.
According to a press release, Terminal de Carvão da Matola (TCM)
will be the port's first terminal to take full advantage of the
dredging initiative with its Berth Deepening and Expansion
project has inaugurated last week.
The works include, on the marine side, the deepening of its
existing berth, refurbishment work and the extension of the quay
by an 8.5 meter offset. Furthermore, the larger TCM ship loader
has been modified, with the boom extended to load at this offset.
An engineering study is underway to evaluate the changes that
need to be made to the second ship loader, where the
modifications will then be implemented in the latter half of the
The berth pocket has been dredged to -15.4 meters below Chart
Datum to accommodate the loading of fully-laden Panamax vessels
and in response to the recently completed dredging of the
navigational channels to the Port of Maputo.
Among the items installed at TCM is a new fender support
structure and fender system that extends the existing quay as a
result of the deepening of the berth pocket. The installations
and modifications were completed during a 19 calendar day
operational shutdown of the existing quay. The berth was reopened
on 5 July 2017 for hot commissioning and testing.
During the period January to June, TCM, an open storage dry bulk
handling terminal customised to handle coal and magnetite,
exported 750 000 tons of coal and 1 800 000 tons of magnetite.
The increased volumes are attributable to the demand for export
capacity driven by the recovery in commodity prices, and the
support from our rail partners Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and
Railing continued to TCM during the berth outage period so that
export volumes can increase significantly from July onwards as
the terminal stock levels will be near capacity.
Following the berth shutdown, TCM plans to run at 185ktpm -
200ktpm coal exports for the remainder of 2017 in addition to the
300ktpm - 350ktpm of magnetite.