Dredging of Mozambique’s Beira due to begin in September

17 June 2009

Beira, Mozambique, 17 June – Dredging of the emergency access channel to the port of Beira is due to begin in September as negotiations between the central government and the company chosen in the international public tender are underway, Mozambican newspaper, Notícias reported.

The paper said that over the next few days a contract was due to be signed to award the project so that the contractor can then ready the equipment to carry out the project.

According to projections, following the work the port of Beira will once again be able to receive ships of up to 60,000 dwt (deadweight tonnage).

The project is financed by the governments of Mozambique and the Netherlands, by port and rail management company CFM and by ORET, a Dutch aid agency, as well as the European Investment Bank (EIB).

According to the Engineering and Investment Director of CFM, Domingos Baínha, currently the access channel to the port of Beira is only navigable by ships with a smaller draft, up to 25,000 tonnes, and in periods of high tide can receive ships of up to 30,000 tonnes.

This is mainly due to sedimentary build up from the Búzi and Púnguè rivers. (macauhub)