Report from Mozambique port Beira after the cyclone
The port of Beira has sustained only limited damages, but the roads are still not accessible due to the flooding. Our correspondent in the area gives latest information through the port operator.
Cornelder (Dutch company) who manage and operate the port of Beira under a licence from the Mozambique Government has through our correspondent P&I Associates given this report from the situation in Beira:
On the 14th March the Central region of Mozambique and most particularly the city of Beira were heavily affected by Cyclone IDAI. There has been extensive wind and water damage to the city and surrounding area with loss of lives, property and no electricity and water available.
The Port was well prepared in advance and thus has sustained only limited damages.
On the General Cargo Terminal, the warehouses have suffered severe roof damage and are out of order for the next month at least. The Fenders on the quays were swept away but replacements are being installed now and this afternoon we will have two quays fully functional, with a third expected to be ready 21 March. All major debris has been removed from the terminal and the Terminal is fully accessible. Equipment was stored safely and is operational.
On the Container Terminal, no full containers were damaged as they were stacked low or in pyramid shape. The Gantry Cranes have withstood the storm well thanks to extensive tie down efforts. The single lift cranes have suffered damage to the engine housing and repairs will still take a few days or longer. The two twin lift cranes have only had problems with water infiltration via the AC system and after drying out, they are expected to be operational this afternoon. Our NAVIS operating system is running in the office, and work to re-establish functionality on the terminal is expected to be concluded 20th of March. We will then be fully operational again.
The BGT Terminal has some damages to the Silos but the conveyor system is intact, after dealing with water related problems the Terminal is expected to become operational in a few days as from the 20th of March.
The Road to Beira is currently not accessible due to the flooding around 100km away from Beira, only once the water has lowered will we have an idea of the time required for the road to be transitable again.
Miguel De Jenga
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