The Ministry of Transport in Tanzania projects that the Port of Dar es Salam has appreciably risen in its handling capacity and traffic transit during the last two years, while highlighting that this may improve as all three major ports including Mtwara, as well as, Tanga, receive infrastructural uplift.
“The country’s prime port has witnessed growth of over 10 per cent on the market share compared to the year 2011.” This is according to Emmanuel Mallya of the Tanzania Shipping Agents Association.
The mega projects that are at stake at Dar include one for fast-tracking the building of the consummate two extra berths (13 & 14) to help increase cargo handling capacity.
The hallmark of this port improvement momentum is the increment of cargo check in and out at the ports trio, with indicators already showing that indeed cargo remittance is on an upward projectile. The ports authority in the East African country reveals intentions to handle general cargo worth 12.65 million tones, every year, which is a rise by 5% of the 2011 margins that stood at 12.1 million tones.
Should the construction boom continue on course, the prime harbor of Dar es Salaam, together with Mtware and Tanga ports may be able to contain 576000 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), an upward of over 36000 TEUs in comparison with figures of the last immediate budget year.
Stats on Dar es Salaam Port
Lying on the western reaches of the Indian Ocean on the East African Coast to the east of mainland Tanzania, Dar es Salaam is one of East African Community’s principle harbors. It vaunts a 4.1m worth of dry good capacity and 6m worth of liquid merchandise capacity. It can also handle a container bulk of 1 million tones, and this may increase upon the completion of the new berths that are underway.
The port is the open door to landlocked lands like the DRC, Rwanda, and Burundi. Though Uganda relies on the Mombasa port in Kenya for transportation of its transit goods, it has also occasionally favored the Tanzania port as its window to the Orient.
Expected Bustle on Port as Kenya Votes
The Tanzanian port is expecting to bustle with activity as its northern rival, Mombasa in Kenya, goes on an occasional hiatus that follows general elections. Statistics show that, during the 2007-2008 electioneering transition, most of the cargo that had traditionally went through the Kenya port, spilled over to Dar.
The authorities are anxious to eschew a congestion of containers like the one that happened during that period.
Mr. Mallya has revisited the story of six years to date by saying that by then professionals in shipping at Dar es Salaam did not have the logistical sixth sense to take in the “spill-over” of Mombasa cargo to their side, as a result of political tension on the other side of the border.
Now, as ports’ improvement impetus continues, the authorities are trying to lure back traditional partners, including Uganda and Rwanda, countries that have often abandoned the port.