Cornelder de Moçambique last year introduced the handling of copper in bulk in general cargo vessels to respond to a need to find other mechanisms to move cargo due to the international container crisis. Copper is normally shipped in containers.
According to General Cargo Terminal Manager Isaías Ernesto Gemo, CdM was contacted by an agent looking for alternative solutions to satisfy the customer’s urgent need to ship copper. CdM took on this challenge and by the end of the year, 2021 was able to handle two vessels.
In February 2022 another vessel was received, the MV Rubato, on which 22,492 tons of copper were shipped, an average of 2,129 tons per day. Copper mostly originates from the hinterland market of the Democratic Republic of Congo and is transported to various ports in China.
CdM already had experience in shipping bulk with commodities such as granite, but the copper shipment brought new challenges as handling bundles has specific requirements. Copper bundles are complex given the difficulties imposed by the dimensions and weight of the bundles. For example, granite blocks can be as heavy as 28/29 tons, while copper bundles range from 1,000 to 3,100 tons.
Isaías stated that being a new procedure, there is still room for improvement, and the goal is to reach a daily shipping average of 4,000 tons. We believe that with the experience we are gaining we will get there, he said.