Emergency dredging work to begin in July in port of Beira, Mozambique

14 June 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 14 Jun – Emergency dredging of the access channel, dock and basin of the port of Beira in Mozambique’s Sofala province will begin in July, a source from Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) informed Macauhub in Maputo.

The work will include construction of a hydraulic landfill for the future coal terminal. Plans call for the operation to be finished in June 2011.

The source from the national port and railways company said 43 million euros would be invested in this operation, 23 million corresponding to Mozambican government participation via funding from the European Investment Bank, 10 million from CFM’s own funds and the remaining 10 million donated by the Netherlands as development aid.

The operation will be carried out by Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors from the Netherlands.

The work is fundamentally meant to prepare actions ahead of building the new Beira port coal terminal, which will replace the existing terminal on one of the docks.

The project is vital for restoring the access channel to its original capacity to enable Panamax class ships (with gross capacity up to 60,000 tonnes) to be received, and will operate 24 hours a day in security conditions.

Due to current channel access constraints, Beira’s port can only handle ships with gross capacity up to about 30,000 tonnes and only during the day, which limits the logistics chain for port operations.

Mozambique has three main ports: Maputo in the south, Beira (Sofala) in the centre and Nacala (Nampula province) in the north. (macauhub)