It's my pleasure to present to you, one of the most amazing natural ports of the world: Nacala Port. Please take your time to learn about this economic port that plays a very important rule for Mozambique economic development.
Welcome to Port of NacalaThe Nacala Port is located at the extreme south of the Bay of Bengo. Due to the depth of its waters, it has exceptional conditions of navigability, allowing the entry and departure of ships of any size, 24 hours a day. These characteristics make Nacala the largest natural deep-water port on the East African Coast. Opened to traffic in October 1951, the Nacala Port currently has a General Cargo Terminal, able to handle 2.400.000 tons of cargo annually, with 8 warehouses covering a total surface area of 21.000 m2. The container terminal is 372 m in length. The Port also has a terminal for bulk liquids, linked by a 3.5 Km pipeline to fuel tanks, as well as tanks for palm oil and cooking oil. Nacala is a transshipment port par excellence for the entire East African coast.
Nacala city in northern Mozambique, is located in the Nampula Province. Nacala is located in the Indian Ocean, 160 km (100 mi) northeast of Nampula and 60 km (40 mi) north of Ilha de Moçambique. Nacala has air and nave bases and some industrial development, including two cement factories. Sisal, copra and cotton are produced in the surrounding region. Although the potential of the city's deep natural harbor has long been recognized, major development of the port and completion of rail connections inland only occurred in the late 1960s. Railroads link Nacala to Lichinga, in Niassa Province and to Malawi's rail network. This route, called the Nacala Corridor, was intended to provide Malawi with a shorter, more reliable connection to the sea than by way of the alternate routes through Zimbabwe and South Africa. Damage to rail lines and economic disruption in northern Mozambique during the struggle for independence in the early 1970s and during the civil war in the 1980s, vastly reduced shipments through Nacala during these periods. Est. Population (1991) 125,208.
The port of Nacala is an international port situated in Northern Mozambique at Longitude 40º 40' E and 14º 27' S, on the south side of Baia de Bengo, a large and sheltered bay 60m deep and 800m wide at the entrance.