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Cargo handled at Mozambique’s ports grew by around 35% in the current five-year period. In 2018, Mozambican ports handled about 46 million tonnes, compared with about 34 million tonnes in 2014.
Maputo Port predominates both in the volume of cargo handled and in the consolidation of its growth rates. In 2018 alone, Maputo Port handled about 19.5 million tonnes out of a total of 46 million tonnes, the equivalent to about 42%.
This information was revealed on Monday (20 May) by Minister of Transport and Communications Carlos Mesquita at the inauguration of five crane simulators for training operators at the Maputo Port training centre.
The investment in the simulators, which are equipped with software to replicate actual operations in the port, forms part of the Maputo Port Development Company’s (MPDC)
professional training strategy.
Minister Mesquita said that the simulators signalled an important moment in the development of training activity. “It is expected that they will contribute to professional development, enabling better efficiency in Maputo Port,” he said.
Minister Mesquita encouraged MPDC managers to implement their strategic initiative to create a technical-professional training centre for port operators, which will not only cover the needs of Maputo Port, but of all other port operators in the country.
“From this perspective, we urge all stakeholders in the port sector to join in and embrace this MPDC initiative, forming the necessary synergies and avoiding the duplication of efforts in the area of training which we have seen since the closure of the Rail-Port School in 2002,” he stressed.
The absence of a training unit in the country, Carlos Mesquita noted, meant that each port manager had to train specialised technicians to operate port equipment, bearing the resulting high costs and other constraints individually and many times over.
Also attending the inauguration of the crane simulators were Deputy Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Oswaldo Petersburgo, and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Celso Laice.Source: Savana
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