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    • Port ofperceptionsChanging Beira www.cornelder.co.mz
    • Port of BeiraChangingperceptionsThe Port of Beira, Mozambique, is playing amajor role in the nation’s economic growthby delivering a cost-effective service for theregion’s land-locked stateswritten by: Gay Suttonresearch by: Abi Abagun
    • Port of Beira O ccupying over 1,300 miles of marketing manager Félix Machado. The the eastern coast of southern obligations were far-reaching and included Africa, Mozambique is a investing in equipment and infrastructure, strategically significant cutting costs, and improving efficiency transport corridor for land- and productivity. The port was required to locked Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, DRC improve its safety and security, facilitate and of course, Mozambique itself. Over local and regional trade and growth, and the past 15 years, the Port of Beira, which protect the environment. “And we have has strong infrastructure links with these achieved all of those. Today, we are locally hinterland countries, has been undergoing and regionally competitive and make a significant expansion and investment and major contribution towards the growth attracting increasing volumes of trade. of the economy. We are efficient and cost Today, it is making a major contribution to effective and have captured a major share the economic growth of the region. of the import and export market.” The period of investment The Port of Beira began in October 1998 operates within its original when Mozambique started with new reforms (oriented by the World Bank and the IMF) to place the ports 40% Proportion of port 12-berth footprint. The port comprises a container terminal and general cargo (operated by CdM), fuel under private management throughput destined terminal, coal terminal, and stimulate growth; and for export grain terminal and quay the government handed number one reserved as the management of the a fishing harbour. The Port of Beira to Cornelder de Mozambique container terminal handles a variety (CdM). A joint venture 67 per cent owned of products including tobacco, soft by Rotterdam-based Cornelder Holding timber, ferrochrome, logs and cotton, and 33 per cent owned by the government and the general cargo terminal handles entity Mozambique Ports and Railway fertiliser, wheat, clinker for cement, sugar, (CFM), CdM has steered the port maize and coal. Today, 60 per cent of through a period of infrastructure and throughput is in imports and 40 per cent commercial development and plans to is in goods for export. accelerate that growth to support trade The condition of the road network and industry in the region. along the Beira Corridor is generally “We took over on 15 October 1998 with good to excellent; however, there are a 25-year concession and a further 15-year some sections which are in poor condition extension if we achieved our obligations or have severe speed restrictions, forLifting freight within the first 15 years,” explains sales and various reasons. Beira is the central
    • Port of Beirahub of the Beira RailroadCompany, the country’s Nectar The Nectar Group provides port-related bulk handling andlongest established railway bagging services, primarily for the discharge of bulk, drysystem. The Machipanda and free flowing commodities, such as grain, cereals andLine extends to Harare in fertilisers. The Group also offers consultancy, terminalZimbabwe, creating a cost design and development, in addition to the managementeffective route to port for and maintenance of mobile harbour cranes, ship-to-shoreall the land-locked central gantry cranes and the wider range of bulk handling andsouthern African states. terminal equipment.The Sena Line links the In 2011 the Group established Nectar Coal Handling Mozambique Ltda to provide operation, maintenance andport to the lucrative and management support for a coal terminal.nationally important coal Nectar Mozambique Ltda and the wider Nectar Group are verymining province of Tete, proud to be associated with CdM, CFM and the Port of Beira.providing a low cost export Nectar: Driven by innovation.route for companies such www.nectargroup.netas Vale and RiversdaleMining. A considerableamount of work has recently been done onthe Sena Line, which reopened recently.The Machipanda Line, meanwhile, is toundergo further improvements. In spite of the obvious commercial benefitsof this accessible and cost effective importand export route, attracting hinterlandtrade to the port has not been easy. “One of the big challenges we have had toface is a long-standing negative perceptionof safety and security at the port,” Machadosays. Security was one of the first issuesto be tackled from the beginning by CdM Ships docked at the port “One of the big challenges we have had to face is a long-standing negative perception of safety and security at the port”
    • Port of Beira The port operates within its original 12-berth footprintas part of its investment plan; however Malawi tobacco industry is an excellentchanging the negative perception and example of the success of these policies. Inconvincing possible customers of the 1998, Beira handled just 10 per cent of theeconomic benefits of using Beira was an trade; today, it accounts for 60 to 70 per cent.uphill task. “People were very resistant On the sea side, the port is accessedto change,” he continues. “To overcome via the Mancuti Channel, which wasthis reluctance we made a dredged between 2010 andstrategic decision to offer July 2011. The port canlower import rates, increasethe free period of anycommodity coming from 1.9 now receive deepwater vessels. As a result of the positive market-orientedthe hinterland countries,and generate availability million philosophy of CdM, container traffic in 2011of empty trucks in allthose countries to attract tonnes has risen from 105,000 to 160,000 TEUs, anthe exports.” General cargo increase of 50 per cent. Gradually, habits have throughput, 2011 General cargo throughputbeen changing, and the has also grown by around
    • Port of Beira40 per cent, from 1.2 million tonnes to1.9 million tonnes, in the same period. The vision for the future of the port isambitious. A number of critical expansionprojects are currently underway and moreare planned for the future. Constructionwork is in progress at the containerterminal, and this will increase containerstorage capacity from 6,400 TEUsto 11,400 TEUs. At the general cargoterminal, the final touches are being madeto a dedicated tobacco storage facility.Both projects should become operationalby August this year. “We are also puttingin a new dedicated container gate, toseparate the access routes for containerand general cargo traffic and to facilitatethe flow of trucks,” Machado says. In the medium term, plans are in hand A number of critical expansion projects are currently underway at the portto double the storage capacity at the grainterminal from 30,000 tonnes to 60,000 is examining the viability of building side of the business for the figures amply illustrate this. 54%tonnes, and to construct a dedicated new dedicated terminals to improve next 15 to 20 years with In 1998 just 15 per cent of totalfertiliser terminal to improve the efficiency the efficiency of mineral, sugar and car the quays we have. The traffic through the port wasand capacity of the operation. The aim is to handling. Meanwhile, it’s also addressing general cargo terminal, generated by Mozambique.improve vessel turnaround time and triple longer term capacity planning. “The however, is likely to come Today, it accounts for 54 peror even quadruple offloading capacity container terminal was originally designed under pressure,” Machado Proportion of the port’s cent of the traffic, Malawifrom the current 2,000 tonnes a day to for 100,000 TEUs, and with all the explains. “So our plan is to traffic generated by for 22 per cent, Zimbabwe8,000 tonnes. If all goes according to plan, improvements we’re making it should have construct a further 300 to Mozambique 15 per cent and Zambia eightconstruction will begin this year. a capacity of 400,000 by 2015. We believe 600 metres of quays with a per cent. With the region’s Looking to the future, the company we can continue to operate the container draft of 12 to 13.5 metres for economic growth set to general cargo, and together with CFM (the continue, the Port of Beira is well placed to landlord), we’re currently engaged in the provide a cost effective and efficient import “Our plan is to construct a further feasibility studies for this project.” Since achieving political stability in and export route for future trade. 300 to 600 metres of quays with a draft the mid 1990s when the current spate of economic reform began, Mozambique For more information about of 12 to 13.5 metres for general cargo” has enjoyed continuous growth, strongly supported by the Port of Beira. And the Port of Beira visit: www.cornelder.co.mz
    • Port of BeiraCornelder de Moçambique S.A.R.L.Porto da Beira, Largo dos C.F.M.P.O. Box 236T + 258 2332 2734/5www.cornelder.co.mzProduced by:www.bus-ex.com