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Web alert: fire at Mozambique grain terminal

17 December 2015
On 13 December 2015, there was a fire and explosion at the STEMA grain terminal in Matola, part of the Maputo port complex in Mozambique.  As a result of the fire, the grain unloading and transport system at the terminal was severely damaged.    
The club understands that investigations are ongoing as to the cause of the incident however it is suspected that illegal activities including attempted fuel theft from the terminal stores may have been the primary cause. It has been reported that there have been several fatalities including those involved in the theft. No injuries have been reported to any terminal staff or any crew on nearby vessels.
The club is advised that the known damage will render the terminal’s grain ship unloading capability unserviceable for the foreseeable future until repairs can be effected.
The club will continue to monitor developments. In case of any queries, members are invited to contact the authors of this web-alert or your usual club contact.