Mozambican port of Beira to have its access channel dredged

10 January 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 10 Jan – Mozambican port management company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) and dredging company Moçambicana de Dragagens (Emodraga) Thursday in Maputo signed a contract with Danish consortium JGH/RN to improve operations at the port of Beira.

The contract signed with the consortium made up of groups Johs. Gram-Hanssen and Rohde Nielsen covers acquisition of a dredging vessel with a capacity of 2,500 cubic metres and a vessel containing hydrographical equipment for Emodraga, the repair of a tug boat and a vessel to transport CFM pilots and provide technical assistance to Emodraga.

This programme, which is expected to take 18 months, will have a cost of 40 million euros (US$52.5 million) paid for by the Mozambican state Budget and the Danish International Development Agency (Danida).

Mozambique’s transport minister, Paulo Zucula, said that signing the contract meant that, in the long term, the port of Beira could start receiving ships weighing over 60,000 tons.

The new dredging vessel to be delivered to Emodraga was built at the Baltija naval shipyard, of the Marsk group in Klaipeda, Lithuania. (macauhub)