Malawi 's inland water transport system comprises the Shire River and the three Lakes, Mal wi, Malombe, and Chi lwa. The entire length of Lake Malawi (587 km) is navigable and has 4 ports designated under the Inland Waters Shipping Act as well as some landing points along the shores. The ports are managed by Malawi Ports Company under a 35-year Concession Agreement signed in 2012 which is subject to 5-year reviews.

Additionally, Malawi is developing the Shire-Zambezi water corridor to increase options for access to the sea. Shipping s rvices are only provided on Lake Malawi by several local and international private operators with the major operator being Malawi Shipping Company which manages ships th rough a Concession Agreement signed in 2010.

The international operators are governed by bilateral agreements with Tanzania and Mozambiqu . The Government also operates the Marine Training College at Monkey Bay in Mangochi. The College is the only inland water transport training facility in the SADC Region and trains seafarers. Specifically, the college trains Marine Engineers and Water Navigation Officers.
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