Circulation on Sena railroad in Mozambique expected to be re-launched soon

16 June 2016

Circulation of trains on the Sena railroad in Mozambique is due to begin again soon and will be safer, said the Minister for Transport and Communications speaking Wednesday in Maputo.

According to Mozambican daily newspaper NOticias, Carlos Mesquita was reacting to an announcement by Brazilian company Vale that it was suspending coal transport along that railroad, which links Moatize, in Tete province, to the port of Beira, in Sofala. The announcement was made after two trains were attacked by armed assailants.

“The government is making efforts to create conditions for the trains to start running again as soon as possible and ensure the safety of both trains and passengers,” Mesquita said.

The minister added that it was difficult to quantify the losses incurred by bringing the trains to a standstill, but added “the only certainty we have is that they are large, because in Tete there are trains waiting to transport the coal to Beira and at the port we have trains waiting for the go-ahead to return to Moatize.”

The subsidiary of Brazilian group Vale announced it had decided to suspend, as of 8 June, transport of coal along the Sena line after two attacks the previous week. A train driver and two assistants were injured in the attacks. (macauhub/MZ)