DAR ES SALAAM: THE Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure Improvement has emphasised the necessity for the federal government to proceed in search of strategic buyers who can rework Dar es Salaam Port right into a cargo transit hub for East and Central Africa.
In response to the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), cargo quantity at Dar es Salaam Port has been growing by a mean of seven.6 per cent yearly for the previous three years.
Within the 2020/21 monetary yr, the cargo quantity was 16,190,906 tonnes, whereas in 2021/22, it was 18,410,953 tonnes, and in 2022/2023, it reached 21,461,120 tonnes.
Talking in Dar es Salaam throughout a go to to TPA by the Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure Improvement, Chairman Selemani Kakoso said that it’s essential for the federal government to encourage extra funding on the port as a result of enhance in cargo quantity.
“Regardless of the federal government’s efforts to draw buyers to the nation’s ports, we have to proceed in search of extra buyers who could make Dar es Salaam Port the cargo transit hub for East and Central Africa,” he emphasised.
He added that the geographical benefit of Dar Port has attracted landlocked nations reminiscent of Zambia, DR Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Malawi, Uganda, Zimbabwe and lately South Sudan to utilise the water gateway.
In response to the Authority’s report, Dar es Salaam Port handles roughly 95 per cent of Tanzania’s worldwide commerce.
TPA Director Normal Plasduce Mbossa said that over the course of three years (2020/21 to 2022/23), income at Dar Port has been growing at a mean charge of 27.2 per cent per yr, from 801.7bn/- within the 2020/21 monetary yr to 1.3tri/- in 2022/23.
Mbossa attributed the rise in income to the federal government’s efforts to enhance the nation’s principal port.
He additionally talked about that TPA has been engaged on bettering Dar Port by the Dar es Salaam Maritime Gateway Programme (DMGP), which goals to revamp the port’s infrastructure and improve effectivity.
“The aim of overhauling the infrastructure of Dar Port is to fulfill the rising demand for exports and imports by growing effectivity. Considered one of our present goals is to extend the port’s capability to deal with bigger ships,” he added.
Mbossa additional revealed that the authority is within the last levels of implementing a challenge to assemble a berth and gasoline storage tanks at Kigamboni. TPA is at present within the technique of discovering a contractor to start building.
“We’ll assemble a berth and 17 gasoline storage tanks with a complete capability of 362,500 tonnes,” he added.
He said that the challenge will enhance the effectivity of Dar Port in dealing with gasoline ships, lowering prices and addressing the problem of delayed offloading.
Mbossa additionally talked about that the federal government is contemplating the feasibility research and design of the depth of building for berths able to dealing with cruise ships in Dar Port.
The berth is anticipated to accommodate two million passengers initially and enhance to eight million per yr after 30 years.
Mr Mbossa famous that after the completion of the enhancements, Dar es Salaam Port will be capable to deal with Publish Panamax Ships as much as 305 metres in size and with the capability to hold as much as 8,000 containers, in comparison with the present capability of second-generation ships that carry solely 2,000 to 2,500 containers.
“The port will be capable to deal with bigger cargo, growing its capability from a mean of 16 million tons earlier than the enhancements (in 2017 when the challenge began) to 30 million tonnes, thus boosting authorities revenues,” he added.