The Macuti dredger is now at the port of Beira, in Mozambique, and is expected to solve the problem of silting in the port’s access channel once and for all, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.
The dredger, which was acquired from a shipyard in Lithuania for 35 million euros, is expected to start operating in the next few days on the so-called Macuti bend, where a high concentration of silt totals an average of 3 million cubic metres.
This dredger will ensure a depth of at least 8 metres in the channel, making it possible for ships weighing up to 60,000 tons to use the port of Beira.
Once the dredger starts operating the several days that ships have to wait to enter the port will come to an end, and will bolster the construction project for the port’s coal terminal, from which the coal mined in Tete province by Brazilian group Vale is exported.
The coal that is carried along the Sena railroad from Moatize to Beira currently has to be loaded onto barges, and the coal is then unloaded out at sea onto large ships.
With the arrival of Macuti, Mozambique now has five dredgers, and the chairman of Mozambican dredging company Empresa Moçambicana de Dragagem (Emodraga), Adamo Tayob, said that the purpose of the company was to make the country’s ports safer and more navigable, particularly the port of Beira, which is affected by silting from the Búzi and Pungué rivers. (macauhub)