Maputo, Mozambique — 22 July 2013 – The Sena railroad, which runs from Moatize in the interior of Mozambique to the port of Beira, is due to start operating again on Friday in the wake of the derailment of 23 coal trucks early this morning.
In a statement by state port and rail company, Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), cited by Macauhub News Agency, the company said that an emergency plan was immediately activated to get trains on the line moving again, following the partial derailment of the train with a total of 42 trucks loaded with coal mined in Tete province by Anglo-Australian group Rio Tinto.
The statement added that the cause of the accident would become clear once technical staff at the location had finished their appraisal.
In his initial reaction to the event, transport and communications minister, Paulo Zucula, noted that the Sena railroad still had some defects which could lead to derailments.The railroad has average traffic of 12 trains per day, all of which carry coal mined in Moatize, in the central province of Tete, to the port of Beira for export.
One other train operated by CFM, carrying molasses and sugar from the Marromeu sugar factory, limestone from Muanza and wood from Doa, uses the line each day, as well as two passenger trains running from Beira to Marromeu and Beira to Moatize twice a week.
Source: Macauhub News Agency. For more information, click here.