Mozambique government searches for partner to buy dredger ship

10 July 2007

Beira, Mozambique, 10 July – The government of Mozambique plans to buy another dredger ship in order to keep the access channels to the country’s ports open, the chairman of state dredging, Tayob Adamo said Monday in Beira.

Speaking at the ceremony to launch a new dredger, “Alcantara Santos,” which was donated by Japan, at Beira port, the chairman of Emodraga said that the government had been negotiating with partners to get aid to buy a dredger with a 2,500 cubic meter capacity.

The new dredger was given the name of a former transport minister, who died in the airplane accident on October 19, 1986, which also killed the first president of an independent Mozambique.

The Alcantara Santos, which has a capacity for 1,000 cubic meters, was built by Japanese company Mitsubishi and cost 2.166 million yen (around US$18 million), and the Japanese government also paid for two months of training for Emodraga staff to operate the new dredger. (macauhub)