BBC Chartering is "going loco" in Mozambique

BBC Xingang delivers 10 heavy duty locomotives for Nacala corridor railraod


June 2014 – Ten heavy duty locomotives just made their way to Mozambique onboard the heavy lift vessel BBC Xingang. As the mining industry is currently the primary driver for infrastructure development in Mozambique, the improvement of the country’s railway system is necessary to support the mines ability to export raw materials and increase their competitiveness.


Significant coal reserves have attracted prominent mining companies such as Vale and Rio Tinto. Vale has invested in developing two railroad projects – the Sane railroad project and the Nacala corridor project for transporting coal from the Moatize mine to the sea port of Beira. The 912 kilometer long Nacala corridor, which is currently under development is expected to have a transport capacity of 18 million tons of coal per year. 


The BBC Xingang successfully discharged the ten locomotives with dual lift operations. The 7,300dwt heavy lifter offers 700mt combined lifting capacity and proved to be the right ship for the job. BBC Chartering operates eight vessels of this type.



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