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Malawi seeks yards on its lakeshore

The landlocked southeast African nation of Malawi is looking for shipyards to set up business on the shores of its giant lake.

Located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania the 580-km long Lake Malawi is the ninth largest lake in the world and the third largest and second deepest lake in Africa.

The Ministry of Transport and Public Works marine services director Laston Makudzula told local media: “Lake Malawi has huge potential for shipping operations. If we can have our own shipbuilding yard, we will reduce the cost of acquiring ships.”

Currently, ships are built in other countries and dismantled for transport.

The government has identified Nkhata Bay port as the ideal location to establish both shipbuilding and repair facilities.

In recent years, a number of foreign firms have established yard presences on Africa’s largest lake, Victoria, some 1,300 km to the north of Malawi.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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