Access to the port of Beira, Mozambique, has been reopened

29 June 2016

Navigation in the access channel to the port of Beira has resumed after removal of the Macúti dredger, the provincial director for Transport and Communications of Mozambique’s Sofala province, Hélcio Canda said.

The Macúti, the largest oceanic dredger in Mozambique, which is 82 metres long and 16 wide and has capacity to store, 2500 cubic metres of sediment, was about to sink following a collision with a container ship.

Canda told daily newspaper Notícias the channel dredging will now be done using the Aruângua and Alcantara Santos dredgers, each with a hold capacity of 1,000 cubic metres.

The Sofala provincial director of Transport and Communications said investigations to determine the real causes of the accident were ongoing, although it must have been caused by poor visibility due to heavy fog along the Beira coast.

The stricken dredger whose engine room was flooded following the collision, was towed to a safe place to make the necessary repairs.

The Macúti was built in a Lithuanian shipyard and cost Mozambique 35 million euros. (macauhub/MZ)