In response to the increasing demand for export capacity, the Maputo and Matola Drybulk Terminals (GML and TCM), the sub-concessions of our Port (MPDC), are considering the expansion of their footprint. We are pleased GML’s throughput will be increased from the current capacity of 1.5 million tonnes per annum to 4.5 million tonnes per annum in the first half of this year, an increase of 200%. TCM’s current capacity of 7.3 million tonnes per annum will be increased to 12 million tonnes per annum in the short to medium term, and to 20 million tonnes per annum in the long run.
This enhances South Africa’s miner exports on a year-on-year performance basis, increase volume exports by existing port users and promote port access to new users.
“As a team, we are focused on operational excellence and never compromise on safety. Our operations team works closely with the customer, MPDC marine services, and the vessel agent to ensure that every operation runs smoothly and efficiently. This has led to breaking new cargo handling records – 1 million tonnes in September 2021. The investment in channel dredging, paired with the rehabilitation and deepening of TCM’s berth to -15,4 metres, has equipped the port to accommodate bigger vessels and become more competitive in the region”, explained Xolani Mbambo, CEO of Grindrod Freight Services.