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The publicly owned company Mozambique’s Ports and Railways (CFM-Sul) is investing USD 37.5 million, from its own funds, to purchase five locomotives and 500 platform wagons to improve cargo handling capacity.
An unnamed source from CFM, cited in the Sunday issue of the weekly ‘Domingo’, said that the locomotives, which have already arrived in Maputo, have the capacity to pull wagons carrying a cargo up to 2,700 tons, up from 1,800 tons of the equipment currently in use.
The new locomotives were imported from the United States, while the wagons were purchased in the neighbouring South Africa and are expected to arrive soon.
Over two decades have passed since CFM purchased new wagons. Therefore, over the last few years it was forced to make constant and costly repairs of the existing rolling stock to fulfil its commitments with its clients.
To minimise the shortage of rolling stock, CFM have also been renting wagons from neighbouring countries, especially in Zimbabwe, which is expected to stop after the arrival of the new ones.
With this acquisition, the CFM will be able to meet the needs of its customers, in both Ressano Garcia and Limpopo railway lines, which link the port of Maputo to South Africa and Zimbabwe respectively.Source: AIM
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