The re-birth of the Zambeze River as a main access corridor to the Indian Ocean is a rather complex one, in that it involves not only a quite high navigational intensity, but also a number of environmental issues that need to be carefully addressed - let alone the possibility of pirate-like intrusions through Zambeze and Shire rivers.


Equally important is the fact that such a fluvial renaissance is likely to imply a couple of delicate diplomatic interfaces with neighbouring countries, namely Malawi,


In another perspective, the coming essay also goes into some detail on the complexities of international shipping with the objective of trying to understand what should be the responsibilities of coal-extractors in terms of maritime tranquillity throughout the Channel of Mozambique this is an issue that derives from the opaque and often contradictory strategies of the big miners (Vale, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton p.e.) in respect of the dimensions and reaches of their own big naval fleets, and also from the fact that extractors are not supposed to pay for occupational taxes at seas and other waterways, as they do on land.


Thus, I wonder about the feasibility of having them sharing a decent part of the assembly costs of the required maritime systems.


But the coal flows from Tete will also call for a new technical paradigm: the fluvial transportation of massive quantities of coal (up to 16 MTPA in 2020) through the Zambeze River.

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