Mining company Vale Moçambique records accident in the port of Nacala-a-Velha

28 July 2015

The fall of one of two coal stackers, currently in the final stages of assembly at the port of Nacala-a-Velha, in northern Mozambique, which took place last week, is the subject of an investigation, Brazilian group Vale said.

The group also said in a statement that the incident, which caused no personal injuries, was being examined by the company responsible for supplying and assembling the equipment, which has sent a team to the site to ascertain the causes of the incident.

The coal stacker is a large piece of equipment that is used to move coal and other dry bulk cargo.

Sources cited by the Reuters news agency said this incident was yet another problem for the operations of subsidiary Vale Moçambique, which still lacks the necessary infrastructure for transportation of coal that it mines in Moatize, Tete province.

So far Vale has been exporting coal by rail along the Sena line, which has a limited capacity and therefore has been investing around US$4 billion in the construction of an alternative line from Moatize to Nacala through Malawi.

The railway, which is 900 kilometres long, and the port of Nacala-a-Velha are part of the so-called Nacala Corridor, a consortium between state rail and port company CFM and Vale, which sold a 35 percent share of the Corridor and 15 percent of the coal mine to Japan’s Mitsui. (macauhub/BR/MZ)