First coal exported by Vale Moçambique to be shipped Wednesday

12 September 2011

Beira, Mozambique, 12 Sept – The shipment of the first 35,000 tons of coal from Moatize, in Mozambique’s central Tete province is due to be shipped to its destination on Wednesday after the Orion Express ship is loaded, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The Indian-registered ship, which has been moored at the port of Beira, in the capital of Sofala province, since last week has been loaded using rudimentary means involving 10 trucks and 20 15-ton barges with a productivity of between 5,000 and 6,000 tons per day.

The newspaper said that this was due to the delay in construction of the provisional coal terminal and dock 8, conclusion of which is scheduled for next November when the coal will be loaded onto the ships using a conveyor belt.

The head of the Marketing and Sales Department at Cornelder in Mozambique, Félix Machado told the newspaper that the re-launch of coal exports in Mozambique was a historical moment that would have positive effects on the balance of payments and also drive growth at the rail and port facility.

Machado also said that Cornelder Moçambique, together with state port and rail company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique, had begun to consider the possibility of building new docks and investing in specialised terminals such as for coal, fertilizers, mining products and a tobacco warehouse, given the growth in use of the port by some of the continent’s land-locked countries. (macauhub)