Beira Port Receives Barges and Tug Boat

Maputo — The Mozambican government on Monday formally accepted delivery of three boats to improve operations in the port of Beira, in the central province of Sofala.
The two barges and a tugboat are part of a project budgeted at 38.2 million euros to ensure that the port's channel remains unblocked by sand and silt.
The project includes the construction of a trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) with a capacity to hold 2,500 cubic metres of silt, repairs to the tug boat "Buzi" and the pilot vessel, along with technical assistance and training.

Financing for the project comes from the Danish government through its development agency DANIDA, which donated twenty per cent of the budget, with the remaining 80 per cent coming in the form of a loan to the Mozambican government.

The work is being carried out by the Danish consortium JGH/RN (Johs. GRM-Hanssen and Rohde Nielsen), which won the contract in January 2011 from Mozambique's public owned ports and rail company, CFM. The project began in July 2011 and will run until 2013.

After the acceptance ceremony, Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Eusebio Saide said that the port of Beira has improved its system for dredging the access channel and has recently opened a new coal terminal.

Saide pointed out that work is also taking place to improve the Sena and Machipanda rail lines to increase their capacity and improve their safety.

He added that this is all part of a national strategy for integrated transport development, which includes the construction of coal terminals at the port of Nacala a Velha in Nampula province and the port of Macuse in Zambezia province. Both of these will require new railway lines.

The governor of Sofala province, Carvalho Muaria, stressed that Beira port is a major economic driver of the city, Sofala province, Mozambique and the southern African region.
Emergency dredging at the port was completed in July 2011 at a cost 43 million euros (61.3 million US dollars) of which 23 million euros came from the Mozambican government through a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB), 10 million euros from CFM, and a further 10 million euros from the Dutch government.

The dredging of the access channel began in July 2010 and covered 22 kilometres, with two Japanese dredgers working non-stop to deepen the channel. The dredging removed 9.32 million cubic metres of silt and sand and enabled the port to receive ships up to Panamax size at any time of day

Malawi to use Mozambique's Beira port

President-MalawiMAPUTO, (CAJ News) - VISITING Malawian President, Joyce Banda, says that her country will pay more attention in exporting and importing of its goods using the central port of Beira, in Sofala province.

Banda, who is on a three day state visit to Mozambique said Malawi would use Beira horbour for its export and import business citing the current political stability the country was enjoying.

She toured the Port of Beira on Sunday after holding talks with her Mozambican counterpart, pPresident Emilio Guebuza.

Guebuza said the move to export goods and services through Mozambique's port of Beira would be of beneficial to Malawi citing improved transport network.

The Mozambican president said the Port of Beira was becoming the busiest hub for the entire southern African region.

“We decided to use the the Beira port in exporting our products.

“I had talks with president Armando Guebuza e felt the the government’s desire to work with Malawi so as Malawi can start using the Beira port for the benefit of the two countries," said Banda.

She said other ports around the southern African region were far from the landlocked Malawi.

She said when she returns home, she would discuss the matter with her cabinet in order to bring transparency in international and regional business dealings.

The executive director of the Mozambican publicly-owned Ports and Railways(CFM) center, Cândido Jone, was also present at the ceremony where he said his company was ready open to Malawian intention to using the

Jone said his company was renovating and expanding the port of Beira for more competition with South Africa and Tanzania at the eastern side.

He said such expansion wuld allow the functioning of the coal, sugar, cotton and fertilizers terminals.

Jone also revealed that between 2007 and 2011, the Beira port handled 11,660 metric tonnes of Malawian tobacco.

He said in 2011 the port handled 8,705 tonnes, considered as the biggest Malawian volume ever the harbour has handled.

Globally, Jone said the port of Beira handled 1,600 metric tonnes of fuel, 79,000 for Malawi two years ago.

In terms Malawian of exports, he said, there was an increase in 2010 and a decrease the following year, due to unknown reasons.

According to the director, the Beira port hopes to handle a million tonnes of cargo of diverse types this year.

President Banda was also received by the provincial governor, Carvalho Muaria and other top provincial officials.

Rio Tinto Export First Shipment of Coal

rio-tintoMozambique: Rio Tinto Export First Shipment of Coal
25 JUNE 2012
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Maputo — The Anglo-Australian mining company Rio Tinto has carried out the first shipment of coal from its Benga mine in the western Mozambican province of Tete.

According to the daily newspaper "Noticias", on Friday night the ship "Genco Loire" left the port of Beira carrying 35,000 tonnes of coal bound for India.

Rio's second shipment is due to depart in July.


According to the chief executive of the Rio Tinto energy group, Doug Ritchie, this shipment marks an important point in the phased development of the company's operations in Mozambique.

The Benga mine, located in the Moatize coal basin, began operations in February and was officially inaugurated in May by President Armando Guebuza.

Rio Tinto Coal Mozambique, which runs the mine, is a partnership between Rio Tinto (with 65 per cent of the shares) and Tata Steel of India (with 35 per cent). The Mozambican government has announced that it will exercise its option to obtain a holding in the project.

The company's main headache is getting its coal to a port so that it can be exported.

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At present, coal is moved along the Sena railway line to Beira. However, it has a limited capacity whilst repair work is taking place.

Once these repairs to the line have been completed, it will still only have the capacity to transport six and a half million tonnes of coal per year. Expanding the line will eventually increase the capacity to twenty million tonnes, but this is still nowhere near enough for all the coal projects that are being developed in Tete province.

Rio Tinto is considering moving the coal to Beira by barge along the Zambezi River, but that is dependent on convincing the Mozambican government that the company can mitigate any possible environmental damage. Rio Tinto is also looking at funding a completely new railway line to a new port.

There are also plans being drawn up to build a coal fired power station at its Benga. Rio Tinto intends to generate between 400 and 600 megawatts of power in the initial stage. However, the site has environmental approval for a power station capable of producing 2,000 megawatts.