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The private-led consortium Northern Development Corridor (CDN), which operates the northern Mozambican port of Nacala, has installed a mobile crane to strengthen its ability to handle goods and to improve customer service.
According to a statement from the company, the crane has a maximum lift capacity to 125 tonnes and its introduction will speed up loading and unloading cargo, doubling the port’s capacity to handle containers.
This is the second major piece of new equipment introduced to the port in recent months. In December, the company added a new boat for taking maritime pilots to and from ships entering and leaving the port.
In addition to the port, CDN operates the railway which runs from Nacala across Nampula and Niassa provinces to the Malawian border. Landlocked members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), such as Malawi and Zambia, use the Nacala Corridor as a route to the sea.
The company states that last year the port handled 80,217 containers, a thirteen per cent increase on the 70,931 containers handled in 2017. It added that during the same period there was a 17 per cent growth in goods handled, rising from 1,666,663 metric tonnes in 2017 to 1,954,751 tonnes in 2018.Source: AIM