Mozambique: Access channel to port of Beira to be dredged

9 March 2009

Beira, Mozambique, 9 March – Millions of cubic metres of sediment are to be removed from the 27 kilometres of access channel, dock and basins at the port of Beira, in Mozambique’s Sofala province, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

This emergency dredging project, which will be funded by a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Netherlands’ ORET programme aims, the paper reported, to boost the confidence of users of the Beira Corridor system.

The process of selecting a contractor for the work will run until 15 April, according to information from ports and rail management company, Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique, and is expected to be split into two sections.

The first includes emergency dredging of the access channel on the so-called Macúti bend and transporting the dredged material to the northern part of the port area, and the second involves emergency dredging of part of the remaining access channel to the port of Beira, transporting the dredged material and emergency dredging of the dock and basins.

A source from the company told the newspaper that the aim of emergency dredging was to restore a navigable depth of a minimum of eight metres to the access channel along its entire length, except for the Macúti bend which will have a depth of 9.2 metres.

The navegable width of the channel will be a minimum of 135 metres and may reach up to 250 metres on the Macúti bend.

According to the company’s projections, the work is due to be completed within a maximum of 18 months.

Denmark is funding the acquisition of a sea-going dredger with capacity to remove 2.5 million cubic metres of sediment per year, which will also operate in the port of Beira.

With a view to definitively resolving the problem of the dredging sector in Mozambique, the Government decided to establish the National Dredging Fund (FND) managed by CFM, which will be funded by navigation assitance taxes, direct funding from the State, income from Mozambican dredging company Emodraga and contributions from CFM. (macauhub)