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Government Wants Cabotage Ship to Boost Domestic Trade in the North

Government Wants Cabotage Ship to Boost Domestic Trade in the North

The Minister of Transport and Communications, Mateus Magala, revealed on Friday 29 March that a cabotage ship will be introduced in Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique, in April, with the aim of increasing mobility and revitalising internal trade.

“The primary interest is to increase mobility in the country, which is one of the five priorities we have as a government. Mozambique has a vast coastline that offers opportunities,” he emphasised.

According to the government official, the vessel was made available by the private sector and has a draught of six metres, a length of 120 metres, two cranes and the capacity to transport 6,500 tonnes of goods.

Magala added that the “ship will be able to dock in Pemba, Afungi, Ibo Island and Mocímboa da Praia,” emphasising that “all the risk assessments have been made to guarantee the safe movement of goods and people in the face of armed attacks.”

In the same speech, the minister also announced the introduction of a vessel to transport passengers, vehicles and cargo in order to reduce journey times and guarantee the safe movement of people. The maritime transport vessel has the capacity to carry 80 passengers, 70 tonnes of cargo and four vehicles.

“The ultimate goal is to equip Cabo Delgado with infrastructure capable of responding to the demands and needs of the people and the people who come to do business,” he concluded.

Cabo Delgado province has been facing terrorist attacks for more than six years, which led to a military response since July 2021, with support from Rwanda and the Southern African Development Community, liberating districts near the gas projects.

After a period of relative stability, there have been new attacks and movements in recent weeks, leading some foreign entities to restrict travel to that part of the country.

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