Tender launched for dredging of Mozambique’s Beira port

13 August 2009

Canfumbe, Mozambique, 13 Aug – Mozambique’s minister of transport and communications, Paulo Zucala, has announced that US$ 20 million is available to dredge the channel into the port of Beira, in Sofala province, and that a public tender is being launched for the project that is expected to get underway later this year.

Zucala, speaking at a ministerial coordination meeting, said the funds for the project will come from Mozambique’s state budget and the state port and rail operator.

The Noticias newspaper reported that the Port of Beira’s access channel will also get new marker buoys to improve navigation into the port.

Beira is undergoing limited dredging at the moment by The Mozambican Dredging Company (Emodraga), but this operation has not managed to shift sufficient silt to permit deep-draught vessels use the dock. Beira’s port was dredged in the late 1990s and was not given subsequent regular dredging, which allowed around 2.5 million tons of silt to build up in the port.

Emergency dredging of the port is expected to allow ships of between 25,000 and 30,000 tonnage use Beira, added the Noticias article. (macauhub)