Vale Moçambique has resumed using the Sena railway to deliver coal to port of Beira, after a several months of standstill of Mozambican media has reported.

Four locomotives and 84 wagons loaded with coal were spotted reaching the coal terminal at port Beira recently.

Coal shipments had previously been suspended following attacks on the CFM owned line.

Before the attacks, the Sena railway had a daily average of 22 trains travelling along it in both directions, carrying Vale’s coal, cargo from Mozambican port and railway company CFM and passengers from the communities served by the line.

The line recently underwent modernisation works, which have increased its cargo capacity from 6.5 million to 20 million tonnes per year, decreasing the number of derailments and increasing the size of the trains, which can now have a maximum of six locomotives pulling 100 wagons.


The work was awarded to Portuguese company Mota-Engil and cost US$163 million.

The 357 kilometres railway line links the port of Beira, via Dondo, to Malawi, includes the Inhamitanga – Marromeu (88 kilometres) branchline and the Dona Ana – Moatize (254 kilometres) section, which is the backbone of the central region of Mozambique and the Zambezi Valley in particular.

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