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Limbe dry port to cost $5.5 million

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Karl Chokotho

Nacala Logistics is putting up a container yard at Limbe Train Station in Blantyre covering 30,000 square meters.

The yard, which will have the capacity to hold 1,200 containers at a time, is expected to reduce time taken in offloading cargo while hosting multiple locomotives.

In an interview, Nacala Logistics Master Engineer Chrispin Kapalamula said the project would cost the company over $5.5 million (about K4.4 billion).

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“The railway line has capacity to hold 40 wagons which will reduce manoeuvres and allow seamless offloading and loading of cargo. An administration building, which will house shipping agents and terminal administrators, will also be constructed along the yard.

“Nacala Logistics transports a lot of containerised cargo from the port of Nacala in Mozambique into Blantyre. This port will help us to reduce wagon turnaround as less time will be taken to offload and load longer trains,” Kapalamula said.

He added that the port was expected to be operational by September this year.

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This came out during a visit Vice President Saulos Chilima paid to Nacala Logistics on Tuesday, when he toured construction works being undertaken at the site. He expressed satisfaction with the works.

In an interview, logistics expert who is also Chief Executive Officer for Fortress Business and Logistics Consult Karl Chokotho said the port will spar competition and reduce costs in the process.

“This is a welcome development because it will increase the turnaround time for locomotives and will impact on imports and exports. The dry port will allow trains to turn quicker and therefore more trains will be able to come to Malawi,” Chokotho said.

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