Maputo, Mozambique — 27 March 2013 – Exports of coal mined in the Tete province of Mozambique have begun again from the port of Beira, following a three-week stoppage because of the closure of the Sena railway line as a result of torrential rains and flooding, as well as a derailment.  

Macauhub News Agency cites Mozambican newspaper Notícias as reporting that figures provided by Cornelder de Mozambique “’ the company that manages the port of Beira “’ showed that three ships with a gross tonnage of 35,000t had left the port over the last few days carrying coal.

Company head of marketing and sales Félix Machado said that, following the re-opening of the Sena line on 28 February, three to five trains per day made up of two locomotives and 42 trucks carrying 2,700t were arriving at the port every day.

Heavy rains, particularly on 9 February, had destroyed three small bridges and washed away ballast along an 800m section of the railway between the stations of Sinjal and Doa, in Tete, leaving the line without any support.

When the railway had to be closed, the whole chain of companies involved, from the mining companies to the port management company, started posting losses. Cornelder Mozambique, for example, lost US$500,000 per week, and Brazilian mining company Vale Mozambique was unable to export 500,000t of coal.

Meanwhile Brazilian group Vale has announced that it has lifted its statement of force majeure made on 15 February, due to its inability to fulfil its contracts to supply coal mined in Mozambique’s Tete province.

Last week Vale gave assurances that the three-week stoppage in coal transport to the port of Beira would not affect its coal export target for this year of 4.9Mt.

Source: Macauhub News Agency. For more information, click here.