“”Taking into account the current needs for Beira port to handle international, regional and domestic trade, it is becoming pertinent to pay special attention to dredging the access channel. —Mozambique Transport Minister Paulo Zucula
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Still bearing the scars of the 16-year civil war that decimated Mozam- bique, Beira Harbor is ready for a transformation.
The African nation ranks as one of the world’s
fastest-growing economies. Yet even after the
remaining mines and unexploded ordnance were
finally cleared from the infrastructure, the port
of Beira is only operating at 40 percent capacity,
according to the BBC.
Designed to create a massive trade superhighway, the Beira Corridor project calls for renovating
670 kilometers (416.3 miles) of rail lines, dredging
the port and creating a new export terminal.
Funding for the US$256 million project
comes from a combination of public and private sources, including the European Union
and coal giant Vale. The Brazilian company
is helping fortify the rail lines that connect its
new US$1.3 billion mine at Moatize to the
port. The project team even has to develop
special train tracks to accommodate coal’s
heavy weight, according to Reuters. At the
same time, the government has had to assure
public stakeholders the trade route won’t be
monopolized by the coal companies.
Done right, Mozambique could finally have a
port worthy of its status as a new trade hot spot.