Railroad lines in Mozambique targeted for theft of parts

14 June 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 14 June – Over the last few months screws and parts that hold the railway line to the sleepers on the Nacala Corridor railroad, in Nampula, Mozambique, have been stolen putting the trains that travel along it in danger, according to Wednesday’s edition of Notícias newspaper.

The paper, citing a source from the Corredor de Desenvolvimento do Norte (CDN), the line’s concession holder, said that up to now over 9,000 screws had been removed from the line.

The railroad is now being inspected in the area where the thefts are most frequent and the source cited by the paper said he suspected the material was being sold for scrap.

According to the CDN source, in order to put the track back within internationally recognized levels of safety, it will be necessary to import the stolen parts, at an approximate cost of US$90,000.

“This is an enormous loss for us, because we did not expect to have to replace those parts so soon, as the material is still new,” the source said.

Over the last few days, the Transport and Communications sector has been the target of thefts, as was recently the case when transformers and bulbs used for air navigation at Nampula International Airport were stolen and at Nacala port where luminous buoys were stolen. (macauhub)