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The dry dock and the fishing port of Quelimane, in Mozambique’s Zambézia Province, will be delivered under a concession to private management, in order to maximise the income from the facility that supports industrial fishing in the Sofala Bank, the minister of the sea, inland waters and fishing in Mozambique said recently.

Augusta Maita, who recently worked in Zambézia Province to monitor activities related to the 100 days of governance of her sector, said in Quelimane that public tenders for the purpose had already been launched and, at the moment, selection of the best technical and financial bid is underway, according to daily newspaper Notícias.


Built in the 1990s, at a time when industrial fishing was on a high, the two facilities, located on the Bons Sinais River, faced difficult periods due to management problems and the transfer to the city of Beira of the headquarters of large fishing enterprises which operated in Zambézia.


The two facilities were built within the scope of cooperation between Mozambique and Japan and, during the time that they were operational, the dry dock of Quelimane ensured the maintenance and repair of many Mozambican vessels and even some that operated in South African waters.


The dry dock was built to maintain and repair industrial fishing vessels and others, but after management issues came to a complete standstill, making over 50 people unemployed.


Meanwhile, the fishing port of Quelimane, a floating infrastructure, was used for refuelling ships and strengthening of logistics, and its closure led to 40 people losing their jobs, all of whom had unpaid wages.