Cyclone Idai and the Port of Beira, Mozambique

We have received the following update from the port Operators in Beira, Mozambique, regarding the devastating Cyclone Idai. Thanks to our correspondents P&I Associates in Durban for passing on this update.


From Miguel De Jenga in Mozambique, 20 March:


On the 14th March the Central regional 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 tomorrow. 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 this afternoon. We will then be fully operational again later this afternoon.

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.

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.

Communication in Beira is still difficult, we are relying on VSAT for internet and phone calls are complicated. Voice services are expected to be re-established in the next few days, up to then email will work reliably as a means of communication.

For further information please contact the Clubs claims team in London, Dubai or Shanghai.