The project involves the Mozambique and Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) entering a partnership, in which JICA will provide technical and financial support for the development of the Nacala Port. The project aims to rehabilitate and expand the Port of Nacala in three phases. The main objective of the project is to increase productivity in cargo handling at the Port, which in return will contribute to the economic development and poverty reduction in the northern region as well as its neighboring countries Malawi and Zambia.
The grant was signed in December 2012 by the Mozambique and Japanese Government for the rehabilitation of the Nacala Port. This first phase known as the Grant Aid phase,which initiated in April 2014,was completed in September 2015. In this first phase, berth number 3 and 4 in the north terminal have been rehabilitated ensuring safer operations and increased productivity. Berth number 4 is dedicated to Liquid cargo and has also been equipped with loading arms to guarantee the efficiency in handling liquid products. A fire fighting system has also been installed, adjacent to berth number 4. Berth number 3, which was seriously damaged and the quay side which was not suitable for reach stacker use, has been rehabilitated and can now also accommodate container carriers. Equipment received under grant aid include two Ferrari Reach stackers with capacity of 45T and 2 Rubber Tyre Gantry cranes (RTG), the latter the first in the country. The RTG yard and operation has increased our capacity by 80.000TEUs per annum.
The money from the loan will be allocated to construction work that will include the building of an access road; repairing yards; as well as expenses incurred in the procurement of the cargo handling equipment and consultation services.
The second phase is expected to start in the second semester of 2016 and will include the rehabilitation of berths number 1 and 2 in the north terminal. It is expected that berth number 1 will be dredged to 14M and become dedicated to container carriers.This berth will have 2 STS cranes; 6 acres of reclaimed area, which will initially be for warehousing; new access road for general cargo trucks; improved access roads for container trucks; improved gate system for container trucks; increased space for container storage, which will result in the transfer of the current terminal in the south to the north.
With the implementation of the project the capacity of the port is expected to multiply by more than three times in terms of its present volume improving the regional distribution of goods.