TCM ter­mi­nal ben­e­fits from dredg­ing

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DREDG­ING to the Port of Ma­puto ac­cess chan­nel early this year, from ­11 to 14,3 me­tres, has led to other in­fra­struc­ture projects at the port.

Ter­mi­nal de Carvão da Ma­tola (TCM), a dry bulk ter­mi­nal han­dling coal and mag­netite op­er­ated by Grindrod, is the port’s first ter­mi­nal to take ad­van­tage of the dredg­ing ini­tia­tive with the com­ple­tion of a berth deep­en­ing and quay off­set project. The works, com­pleted on July 4, in­cluded deep­en­ing the berth pocket to ­15,4 me­tres to ac­com­mo­date fully­laden Pana­max ves­sels, and a new fender sup­port struc­ture and sys­tem, which ex­tended the quay by an 8,5­me­tre off­set.

The larger TCM ship loader has been mod­i­fied, with the boom ex­tended to load at this off­set.

An en­gi­neer­ing study is un­der way to eval­u­ate changes to the sec­ond ship loader — the mod­i­fi­ca­tions will then be im­ple­mented later this year.

The in­stal­la­tions and mod­i­fi­ca­tions were com­pleted dur­ing a 19­cal­en­dar­day op­er­a­tional shut­down of the ex­ist­ing quay. The berth was re­opened on July 5, and the first Pana­max ves­sel suc­cess­fully loaded 83 403 tons and sailed on July 8 des­tined for China.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to the project team and con­trac­tors for com­plet­ing the project as sched­uled”, said Grindrod Freight Ser­vices CEO Bongiwe Ntuli.

Rail­ing con­tin­ued to TCM dur­ing the berth out­age pe­riod, so ex­port vol­umes can in­crease sig­nif­i­cantly from July on­wards as the ter­mi­nal stock lev­els will be near ca­pac­ity.

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Ter­mi­nal de Carvão da Ma­tola (TCM) dry bulk ship loader was mod­i­fied re­cently, with the boom ex­tended, so as to be able to load at the quay fol­low­ing a re­fur­bish­ment and in­stal­la­tion of a new fender sup­port struc­ture and sys­tem, which ex­tended the quay by an 8,5­me­tre off­set. This fol­lowed at dredg­ing at the Port of Ma­puto’s mouth, which has al­lowed big­ger ves­sels into the port.

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