Coal exports from Mozambique via port of Beira remain at a standstill

6 March 2013

Coal exports via the port of Beira are still at a standstill because the amount of coal at the port’s terminal are still insufficient to re-launch the process, said the chief executive of Cornelder de Moçambique, the port’s management company.

Carlos Mesquita told Mozambican newspaper Notícias that the situation is affecting the export targets for coal from Moatize, in Tete province, set this year by mining companies Vale Moçambique and Rio Tinto of 6 million tons this year as compared to 2.5 million tons in 2012.

The CEO also said that the process of collecting the coal from Moatize at the port takes time in order to reach the quantity needed to fill the hold of a ship. He added that this would happen within an, as yet, uncalculated time now that the Sena railroad has trains travelling along it once again.

When it announced that it would be unable to meet its contractual obligations, Brazilian group Vale said that the stoppage would lead to a 250,000 ton drop in exports.

The Sena railroad was closed to traffic due to a derailment and flooding that destroyed three small bridges and washed away the ballast and earth on which an 800 metre stretch of the railway rested. (macauhub)