On Monday, February 25, it was announced that the state-run firm Mozambique’s Ports and Railways (CFM) has invested $37 million in new rolling stock: they are purchasing five new locomotives and 500 platforms wagons to improve cargo handling capacity.
New rolling stock purchased from the United States and South Africa. It’s due to the rising demand for rail transport and cargo services that CFM decided to invest in new locomotives and platform wagons. The new locomotives were imported all the way from the United States while the wagons were purchased from Mozambique’s neighboring South Africa.
According to CFM, the new locomotives will have the capacity to pull wagons carrying a cargo that weighs up to 2,700 tonnes, almost 1,000 tonnes more than the current equipment does.
Acquiring new wagons has indeed been long-overdue: it’s been over two decades since Mozambique acquired new rolling stock. As a result, CFM was often forced to make expensive repairs of the existing wagons to provide transportation for the passengers.
In the last few years, CFM had to rent wagons from neighboring countries – especially Zimbabwe – in order to minimize the shortage of rolling stock.
Thanks to this recent acquisition, CFM will finally be able to satisfy the passengers’ needs, in both Ressano Garcia and Limpopo railway lines, which link the port of Maputo to South Africa and Zimbabwe.
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Source: Afrika News