The unsafe bridge
over the Umbeluzi
River on the Goba
railway line to Maputo
 
Maputo, Mozambique — 03 July 2013 – The exporters of South African coal and iron ore through Maputo in Mozambique will be among those to benefit from a new railway bridge to be built over the Umbeluzi River near the current bridge, which is considered to be unsafe.

So says the Engineering Department of Mozambican state port and rail manager Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), reports Macauhub News Agency.

In the statement cited by daily newspaper Notícias the department said the public tender for the project was underway, and that proposals from interested companies should be submitted by next Tuesday.

When the main Ressano Garcia railroad was at a standstill, the Goba line was used as an alternative route to carry goods from South Africa to the port of Maputo and vice versa. However this alternative was quickly set aside due to safety issues with the bridge over the Umbeluzi River. The South African authorities warned against using the Goba line as an alternative route to carry cargo accumulated at Komatipoort, in South Africa, when the Ressano Garcia line was not operating.

The bridge where the Ressano Garcia railway line crosses the Umbeluzi River is also about to be rebuilt, according to a recent CFM announcement.

The Goba line is around 226km long and links the Matsapa industrial park and Maputo. It has capacity for trains with a maximum of 50 trucks travelling at speeds of between 50 and 60km per hour. According to information from the Swaziland railway company, the Goba line is in good condition both on both the Swazi and Mozambican sides, as a result of recent repairs.

The Goba line has been used to carry sugar produced in Swaziland to the port of Maputo, with volumes of between 200,000 and 240,000tpa, as well as to import most of the goods the country needs.

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