Ports and Shipping in Mozambique: Current Concerns and Policy Options

Shipping is an important life source in Mozambique, both for the overall economy and for local concerns. This paper addresses the key issues of the relationship between shipping and both broader and local economic development, taking account of the needs of major industry and the need to sustain local livelihoods. The paper examines the following: The East African context: deregulation and privatization;the Mozambican context; the collapse and revival of coastal shipping; national flag and liner service; ports; the transport corridors; crewing and training;coastal artisinal shipping; inland shipping; current concerns; the Mozambican situation in comparative perspective. The paper concludes that the greatest potential for Mozambique, in relation to the shipping industry, lies in the development of coastal shipping, as the capacity for developing inland shipping is very limited. Shipping remains the main transport link for many secondary and tertiary coastal centers. Coastal shipping has been greatly boosted by the expansion of the hardwood logging. The above factors underscore the importance of coastal shipping. Local participation, training and skills development as well as the broader social, economic, and transportation infrastructure are necessary for future growth.

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  • Authors:
    • Wood, Geoffrey
    • Dibben, Pauline
  • Publication Date: 2005-6


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  • Accession Number: 01004550
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 28 2005 9:33AM