Maputo — Mozambique's publicly-owned port and rail company, CFM, plans to reopen the coastal shipping port of Angoche, in the northern province of Nampula, reports Friday's issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”.
The government plans to revive coastal shipping. Furthermore, the port could play an important role in logistical support for the exploitation of heavy mineral sands at Sangage, in Angoche district.
According to CFM chairperson Rosario Mualeia, speaking at the opening of a training course in Nampula, studies are currently under way which will lead to the reopening of the port. But it faces serious problems of silting, and the lack of basic services and trained staff.
“Reopening the port of Angoche is dependent on its rehabilitation, and on the human resources who will work there”, said Mualeia. But this was now starting with the training of cargo checkers and valuers. Some of these would be placed on board the ships plying the coast, while others would be stationed at Angoche and the northern port of Pemba, all under CFM management.
Currently the ores mined from the Sangage heavy sands are exported from the port of Nacala, which is more than 200 kilometres away. The costs of this operation could be reduced by using Angoche.
The 35 cargo checkers and valuers, now being trained in Nampula, will have the task of counting and identifying the merchandise shipped from Pemba and Angoche, and determining the fees that should be paid.
Mualeia said their job was very delicate and responsible, since on it depended the revenue that CFM expected to raise from the ports. “The slightest failing, whether deliberate or not, could result in great losses for the company and for the national economy”, he stressed.
The point of such courses, he added, was that “when demand in the ports reaches a high level, we shall be prepared, not merely in terms of infrastructures, but also with trained staff who are qualified to carry out their tasks with professionalism”.