Night time navigation returns to Mozambique’s port of Beira

26 February 2013

Movement of ships at night is possible once again at the port of Beira in central Mozambique, after 20 years, following conclusion of emergency dredging of the access channel, the chief executive of port and rail management company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique-Centro said.

Cândido Jone said that access was still limited due to a lack of night time signage, which will be resolved in the second half of the year with buoys for lighting and the arrival of a dredger that is currently being built in Lithuania.

Cited by daily newspaper Notícias Jone noted that the ships that carry out trans-shipment of coal to larger ships out at sea and that so far had depended on tides are now able to moor at the port, even if only until 9 pm.

To get around this constraint, the European Investment Bank has authorised Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique to use the remaining 15 million euros from emergency dredging carried out in 2011 to buy lighting buoys, to acquire navigation instruments and repair the tugboat terminal.

Once night time signage is installed and the dredger arrives, ships weighing up to 60,000 tons will be able to use the port of Beira 24 hours a day.

The port of Beira is the main port used by companies that mine coal in Tete province. (macauhub)