Australia’s Aurizon continues to support Mozambican port and rail company CFM

14 March 2013

Australian railway company Aurizon plans to continue providing support to Mozambican port and rail company Portos e Caminhos-de-Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) in the areas of professional training and logistical support, the company’s managing director said in the Australian city of Mackay.

On the sidelines of a visit by Mozambican President Armando Guebuza to the company’s facilities in Mackay, Lance Hockridge said that training had focused on management and operation of railway lines in order to maximise the operation of the Sena railroad in Mozambique, which is the only rail link between the Tete coal area and the port of Beira.

“It is a very old railway line that was badly damaged during the civil war but there is now an opportunity to increase its capacity both qualitatively and quantitatively and, particularly, the way in which it is operated with a view to ensuring passengers and goods transport,” said Hockridge, according to the Mozambican press.

Asked about whether it was sensible to help develop a company in a country that may become a string competitor to Australia’s coal exports, Hockridge said that that possibility was irrelevant given that “the coal industry in Mozambique is about 30 or 40 years behind compared to Australia’s.”

The Mozambican President has been on an official visit to Australia since Monday. (macauhub)