Mozambique rail and port company introduces traffic control and fleet management system

17 June 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 17 June – Mozambican state rail and port company, Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), has introduced a system of traffic control and fleet management costing US$4 million, the company said, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.

“Such a system will make it possible to have constant reliable information about the exact location of cargo circulating on the lines and the likely time of arrival at its destinations,” the company said adding that, “it will also allow the growing number of national and foreign customers to get quick and sure responses to their needs.”

The rise in regional trade along with an increased number of users of the port of Maputo has taken cargo that was previously transported by road back to the Ressano Garcia, Limpopo and Goba railroads.

From a management point of view the new system introduced to the rail management of CFM will make it possible to reduce operating costs, especially of fuel and leasing of rolling stock, as well as CFM being able to invoice more precisely all the goods it transports, and measuring sector and individual performance to be able to pay its workers according to the amount of work they do.

“It will also make it possible for the company to manage its future need for workers and their professional training. Another advantage of this new system is that the trains will start operating more safely and efficiently, strictly observing circulation standards,” said a statement on the company’s website.

All the engines have on-board computers that record all data needed to plan demand, optimisation of trains, historical records, production indicators, and asset control amongst other comparative advantages. (macauhub)