Maputo, Mozambique — 06 June 2013 – The Mozambican state rail and port company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Mozambique (CFM) has launched a public tender for the reconstruction of two railway bridges on the Ressano Garcia line, which links the south of Mozambique to South Africa.
In the statement signed by the company’s Department of Engineering Studies and Projects, and issued here, it outlines that interested companies must put forward their proposals by the end of June and that they must be prepared to start work immediately, according to Macauhub News Agency.
Reconstruction of these bridges will be of great importance to mining companies in South Africa which transport millions of tonnes of coal and other minerals via the Mozambique rail line for export via the terminals at Matola.
On 19 January there was a derailment on the line, which forced it to close for around three months, and CFM later rebuilt a railway bridge.
Daily newspaper Notícias reported that although the line had be re-opened to traffic on 2 April, cargo transport to neighbouring countries, particularly South Africa, continued mainly by road, as some exporters and importers were still reticent about putting their cargo on the railway due to a lack of safety conditions, particularly on some bridges.
The newspaper added that the bridges had always been the “Achilles’ heel” of the Ressano Garcia line, which was refurbished along its entire length at a cost of US$20 million between 2006 and 2009. The project increased the railway’s capacity from 18 to 20 tons per axle.
With this investment, the Ressano Garcia line started to receive more cargo and improved its transit times, but it quickly became clear that there was another weak point, which was the bridges, specifically over the Umbeluzi River, in Boane district where Ressano Garcia is situated.
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