TCM terminal benefits from dredging
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.
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.