Maputo, Mozambique — 11 October 2013 – Congestion at the port of Beira, in Mozambique’s Sofala province, is expected to be resolved within three months, according to the chief executive of port management company Cornelder de Moçambique, Carlos Mesquita.
Cited by Macauhub News Agency, Mozambican newspaper Notícias de Maputo, Mesquita reported that the problem had deteriorated over the past 10 years as the amount of cargo “’ mainly coal and other bulk materials “’ had increased, and most of it was being carried by road, rather than by rail.
One of the factors contributing to the imminent solution of the problem is the re-launch, after a 25-year standstill, of railway cargo transport directly from the port of Beira to Lusaka, in Zambia,.
Mesquita said that Mozambique’s ports had been designed for transporting cargo at a ratio of 75% by rail to 25% by road. But this fell away once the Beira Railway System, made up of the Machipanda and Sena lines, was leased out to the now-closed-down company, Companhia Caminhos de Ferro da Beira (CCFB).
Due to the company’s inability to comply with its contractual obligations until recently the cargo that arrived at the port of Beira was carried at a ratio of 65 to 70% by road and 35 to 40% by rail.
Source: Macauhub News Agency. For more information, click here.