Beira is making significant progress in recovering from the damage caused by Cyclone Idai, which made landfall on Thursday 14 March.
After shutting our facility as a precaution on the Wednesday afternoon, DSV sent senior management into the area immediately after the cyclone to confirm the safety of our people and to assess the condition of the DSV facilities as well as the condition of your cargo, both in our warehouse and inside the port.
The DSV facilities have been damaged, and we are working on alternative solutions to ensure that we meet your expectations as soon as possible.
Communication with the Beira team has been restored, and we can confirm that the general cargo container terminal is functional, despite the fact that only two of the four ship-to-shore gantry cranes are operational. Alfandegas (Customs) is operational, and customs clearances will resume as per normal shortly. Only one berth is available for general cargo container vessels.
Beira remains without electricity and communication has been sporadic within the city limits.
The World Food Programme Logistics Cluster has released the map below, indicating that all roads from Beira to Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia are open, and this has been independently confirmed by our group of transport providers.
Green: road open. Yellow: road with restricted access. Red: road impassable.
The shipping lines are yet to confirm alternative routings. However, from information obtained, we can confirm that MSC will continue to call on Beira. The MSC Capri was the first container vessel to berth in Beira following the cyclone.
Safmarine Border V154S has omitted Beira, and called on Maputo port. Going forward, we can confirm that Safmarine will continue to call Beira, as per their normal schedule.
CMA CGM has confirmed that all vessels which had intended calling on Beira will do so. M/V CMA CGM MANET 0NL1KN1MA is currently operating. ETD from Beira towards Indian Ocean is March 23rd. M/V EM OINOUSSES 04J2WE1MA is expected to berth on March 26th.
It is important to note that only one berth is open for container vessels, with two berths being reserved for aid and relief vessels. This will inevitably cause severe congestion and delays.
Please feel free to contact your local DSV sales representative or country management for any concerns or questions.
The DSV team in the Sub-Sahara Africa region, through our own office network, will continue to support you on your logistics requirements.