Dredging of Mozambique’s port of Beira starts at end of July

9 July 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 9 July – The first phase of dredging work on the access channel for the port of Beira is due to begin at the end of the month, the chief executive of Mozambican port and rail management company, Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (Cfm) said in Inhassoro, Inhambane province.

As part of the work of the Coordinating Council of the Ministry for Transport and Communication, Adelino Mesquita said that the work, which is considered to be an emergency and costing 43 million euros, would take 18 months and be carried out by Van Oord Dregding, the Dutch company that was awarded the international tender for the work.

According to Mesquita, after ten years of searching for funding to carry out the project, the government, Cfm and the European Investment bank (EIB) brought together the necessary resources to move ahead with the project, which will have two phases, the first of which is considered to be an emergency phase.

The second phase, which will involve definitive work, will take around 24 months and will be co-financed by the government, Cfm and the Danish International Development Agency (Danida).

Mesquita said that currently, due to the channel being silted up the port of Beira is only able to receive ships carrying around half of their installed capacity, which is 60,000 tons.

The other implications, as well as reduced cargo, are related to constant delays seen in processing the ships, a lack of night time navigation, as well as high freight fees applied to importers and exporters, which means the port is under-used. (macauhub)