Mozambican state rail and port company CFM in 2016 plans to start construction of a dry dock in the Chimbunila district of Niassa province, replacing the existing dock at Lichinga station, said the provincial governor.
Governor Arlindo Chilundo, cited by broadcaster Rádio Moçambique, said the future dry dock is 14 kilometres from Lichinga. In an area of 100 hectares the dry dock will have warehouses, a container terminal and truck park, among other facilities.
The decision to move the location of the dock is based on the fact that compensation payments to people who built their homes very close to the railway line in the city of Lichinga would be very expensive.
The governor said that over 80 kilometres of the railway linking Cuamba (formerly Nova Freixo) to Lichinga (formerly Vila Cabral), with a total length of 250 kilometres, have been rebuilt with funding from the United Arab Emirates.
Trains have not connected Cuamba to Lichinga since 2010 due to the poor state of repair of the railway line, which increases the cost of living in the provincial capital of Niassa due to the poor condition of the road connecting the two cities.