Mozambique railroad company to continue restoring and acquiring railroad trucks in 2009

5 January 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 5 Jan – Mozambican state rail and port company, Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), in 2009 plans to continue restoring railroad trucks as its workshops and investing in new ones, mainly for transporting ore and other cargo between Mozambique and countries in the African interior, the company’s chairman, Rui Fonseca said.

Fonseca, in a message to the company’s workers, noted that in 2008 a refurbishment programme for 670 trucks had begun, 200 of which had already been restored.

Fonseca also said that CFM were at a late stage in refurbishing engines, both in Mozambique and in neighbouring countries in order to boost traction capacity.

The chairman also said that the company was investing with a view to increasing the capacity of the Oil Terminal at the Port of Maputo to 8 million cubic metres, and called for the need to create a strategic reserve at the Port of Maputo and at Ponta Dobelacom.

Fonseca said that, at the Port of Beira, CFM would continue working to deepen Access channels and build a specific terminal to handle coal from Moatize, which over the next decade could account for some 20 million tonnes of exports per year.

The chairman of CFM also noted that work on the rail link between the Port of Beira and Marromeu, on the strategic Sena line was due to be completed in September 2009.(macauhub)