Time taken to load coal at port of Beira drops from 35 to two days

7 May 2012

The time taken to load ships with a maximum 35,000 tons of coal has fallen from 35 to two days after the opening of the provisional terminal built especially for that purpose at the port, said José Otoni, of Vale Moçambique.

Cited by daily newspaper Notícias, Otoni said that 14 ships now carried between 30,000 and 35,000 tons of coal each for export.

The provisional coal terminal, which has capacity to process 6 million tons per year, will this year process an estimated 5 million tons, of which 4 million will be from Vale Moçambique and the remaining million from the Rio Tinto group.

In September and October of this year, according to projections, the port of Beira will receive the first two large draught ships with capacity to carry up to 70,000 tons each.

The chief executive of state port and rail company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique-Centro, Cândido Jone, said that negotiations were underway to fund the construction of a future coal terminal, to be located in the northern section of the port. (macauhub)