Trains due to start running again Friday on Sena railroad in Mozambique

19 July 2013

The Sena railroad is due to start operating Friday following work to remove 23 coal trucks that were derailed early Monday morning, according to state port and rail company, Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM).

In a statement cited by daily newspaper Notícias, the company said that an emergency plan was immediately activated to get trains on the line moving again, following the partial derailment of the train with 42 trucks loaded with coal mined in Tete province by Anglo-Australian group Rio Tinto.

The statement said that the cause of the accident would become clear once technical staff at the location finished their appraisal.

In his initial reaction to the event, Transport and Communications Minister, Paulo Zucula, noted that the Sena railroad still had some defects and that these could lead to derailments.

The Sena railroad has average traffic of 12 trains per day, all of which carry coal mined in Moatize, in the central province of Tete, to the port of Beira for export.

One other train operated by CFM, carrying molasses and sugar from the Marromeu sugar factory as well as limestone from Muanza and wood from Doa, uses the line each day as well as two passenger trains running from Beira – Marromeu and Beira – Moatize twice a week. (macauhub)