Mozambique needs US$25 million to buy ship for buoy maintenance

27 June 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 27 June – The Mozambican Ministry for Transport and Communications is seeking funding from its programme support partners to acquire a ship for setting and maintaining buoys, Mozambican daily newspaper, Notícias reported.

The ship, which is expected to cost just over US$25 million, is considered to be fundamental to improve the process of maintaining the 99 buoys and 58 lighthouses spread across the Mozambican coast, particularly at the main ports of Maputo, Beira, Nacala and Pemba.

Work to set and maintain the buoys is currently carried out by the only boat (Bazaruto) equipped and specialised for this purpose, but, according to Augusto Bata, the director general of the National Hydrography and Navigation Institute, it is difficult to carry out maintenance at the recommended interval of one year.

He noted that keeping buoys and lighthouses operational was fundamental to safety at sea, particularly at port entrances.

The Bazaruto, which has a crew of 18, even without leaving port, consumes 300 litres of diesel per day, which is a high cost for its own maintenance, along with the cost of equipment, most of which is imported. (macauhub)