Port of Nacala

The Port of Nacala, also called the Nacala port complex, is a Mozambican port located in the cities of Nacala and Nacala-a-Velha. Is the deepest port in Southern Africa.[2][3] The natural deep harbour serves landlocked Malawi with a 931-kilometre (578 mi) railway.

Port of Nacala
Coordinates14°32′S 40°39′E / 14.533°S 40.650°E / -14.533; 40.650Coordinates: 14°32′S 40°39′E / 14.533°S 40.650°E / -14.533; 40.650
Opened1932; 90 years ago (1932)
Operated byCLIN
Type of harborNatural

The infrastructure belongs to the Mozambican government, which is responsible for its administration through the public-private joint venture company "Integrated Northern Logistical Corridor Society" (CLIN). CLIN was created to administer licenses for cargo terminals in addition to passenger terminals.


There are four general cargo berths and one container berth. There are also plans to expand the port by adding a radioactive terminal and a storage facility.[4] In January 2016 a coal terminal was completed in the town of Nacala-a-Velha, across the bay from the commercial port, and exports coal from the Moatize mine in western Mozambique.[5]


The Nacala railway system connects Moatize and Chipata, Zambia, through Malawi with the Port of Nacala. The railway system also connects Nampula, Malema, and Cuamba. In Cuamba, there is a junction which goes northeast to Lichinga. The line continues to Nayuchi, where it enters Malawi, and to Nkaya, where it divides, one branch going west to Mchinji and Chipata, and the other branch south to Moatize. The Mozambique government and Vale jointly created the Integrated Northern Logistical Corridor Society, to rehabilitate most of the existing line and build greenfield sections, a work completed in 2017, to export coal from mines in western Mozambique.[6]

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  1. ^ "UNLOCODE (MZ) - Mozambique". service.unece.org. UNECE. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  2. ^ "The Port of Nacala".
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-10-05. Retrieved 2010-04-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://www.bulkmaterialsinternational.com/htm/n20100206.816799.htm
  5. ^ "Mozambique Logistics: Vale diverts its coal exports to Nacala-a-Velha terminal". Mozambique Resources Post, 15 November 2017. Accessed 9 April 2020. [1]
  6. ^ "Nacala Corridor officially inaugurated". Railway Gazette. 16 May 2017. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  7. ^ Mchinji-Chipata Railway Line Completed

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