shipping and ferry company Transmaritima has launched a
public tender to find a partner to develop coastal trade (cabotage).
The government is planning to expand this trade to reduce road
congestion and to lower transport costs.
Transmaritima only provides ferry services for passengers
and their belongings. According to the daily newspaper “Noticias”,
Transmaritima is seeking a private operator with the financial capacity
to develop, operate, manage, and maintain the new services.
The tender was
launched just days after the Mozambican government
approved a decree to encourage the expansion of cabotage. In early
August, Transport Minister Carlos Mesquita explained that through the
decree, foreign ships registered in Mozambique would receive the same
treatment and arrangements offered to those sailing under the national
Under the decree, a
series of regulatory instruments will be
implemented which will guarantee priority berthing and reduced port
tariffs. There will also be a reduction in the fees charged by the
National Maritime Institute (INAMAR) and the National Institute of
Hydrography and Navigation (INAHINA). A further measure will be the
simplification of customs procedures.
The decree was the
formalisation of agreements reached in June between
the Ministry of Transport and Communications and stakeholders.
On 22 June, Mesquita
signed four memoranda of understanding with
concessionaires of the ports of Maputo, Beira, Nacala and Quelimane.
Under the agreements, port charges will be reduced by 60 per cent in
Beira and 50 per cent in Maputo, Nacala, Pemba, and Quelimane. There
will also be a reduction of 40 per cent in the rates charged to
cabotage operators by INAMAR and a decrease in navigation fees charged
Mozambique News Agency