Nacala-a-Velha is the site of a large marine coal terminal which opened in January 2016. The terminal is operated by the Port of Nacala, but physically separate from the commercial port across the bay. The Nacala railway links the coal terminal to the coalfields at Moatize in Tete Province. Coal is loaded from trains onto ships at Nacala-a-Velha for export to other countries.
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