SEPTEMBER 12, 2008

Central East African Railways

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CEAR train LP1 at Lambulira, Malawi

ALCO loco #509 at Limbe

Loco #506 on clinker train at Manatunu, Malawi

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In May 1999, a consortium led by RDC was awarded the concession for Malawi's railway, a network extending from the Zambian border in the West to connections with Mozambique's Nacala Corridor to the East and Mozambique's Beira corridor to the South (the Beira corridor has been closed since the mid 1980's as a result of Mozambique's civil war). Principal markets served are the capital city of Lilongwe and the main economic center of Blantyre.

The consortium Corredor de Desenvolvimento do Norte ("CDN") included RDC, ERL (Bermuda), MANICA (Mozambique), Mozambican private investors and CFM (Mozambique's Port and Railway Administration). 

CDN formed the concessionaire company Central East African Railways ("CEAR") and began operations on December 1, 1999.

With the final concessioning of Mozambique's Nacala Port and Railway to the same consortium in January 2005, commercial and operational integration of the corridor will provide a more efficient and competitive outlet for landlocked Malawi.

On September 12, 2008 RDC and ERL sold their interests in CDN to Mozambican investor group INSITEC. Now the Nacala Corridor which includes CEAR will be managed and operated entirely by Mozambican investors.

Operating Statistics
Statistics as of December 31, 2008
Major Traffic Flows
in Km.
in Miles
Annual Tonnage Locomotives Wagons Maize
495 220,000 19 403

System Map

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[Map design provided by Bill Metzger]

Photo Gallery
More photos of Central East African Railways' operations can be found in our Photo Gallery.

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News and Press Clips
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Contact Information

Central East African Railways
Station Road
P.O. Box 5144


+265 1 840 844
+265 1 843 496
Hendry Chimwaza, General Manager



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