Mozambique’s state-owned news agency AIM quoted a statement from CMA CGM as saying the service will begin Jan. 20 when the container ship Kumasi arrives at Nacala.

wpid-shipping-position-Apapa-Tincan-Island-ports-Nigeria0.pngThe Swahili Express, a weekly fixed-day service operated with 6 vessels up to 2,800 TEU nominal capacity, starts from the Indian port of Nhava Sheva and then sails to Khor Fakkan and Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates.

It then passes through Longoni in Mayotte, and Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar in Tanzania, before arriving in Nacala. The ships then return to India via the Seychelles.

The report says the introduction of this regular service “reinforces Nacala’s growing role as a transport hub.”
The port currently serves commercial operators and farmers both locally and in neighbouring Malawi.

The port has recently undergone a major modernization project funded through a loan from the Japanese government. The first phase has been completed at a cost of 84 million U.S. dollars. The second phase is due to begin later this year and will cost 270 million U.S. dollars.

Nacala has become a focus of infrastructure investment in northern Mozambique, with the new port of Nacala-a-Velha beginning to export coal from Tete Province — operated by the Brazilian mining company Vale.

A development project of the Port of Nacala-a-Velha District built by a Chinese company, and the Moatize-Nacala railway line, will soon start to be operational following investment of around 4.5 billion U.S. dollars.

In addition, in December Nacala International Airport was awarded certification for international operations. It will thus open to international traffic later this year. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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