Chinese to build additional berths at Dar port

Saturday August 3 2013

By HELLEN NACHILONGO Special Correspondent

Tanzania is set to construct two additional container berths at Dar es Salaam port.

According to Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) communication manager Janet Ruzangi, a Chinese firm, China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC), has been contracted to undertake a feasibility study for the construction, which is expected to begin in January next year.

“With additional capacity of berths 13 and 14 at the port, which currently handle 500,000 containers per year, the port will now handle 20 million containers annually,” she said.

She said CHEC has completed topographical and hydrographical studies and is currently working on detailed design so that construction can start. She added that the detailed study will determine the cost of the project.

Dar es Salaam port is the fourth-largest container port on Africa’s eastern seaboard after Durban in South Africa, Mombasa in Kenya and the port of Djibouti, according to the International Association of Ports and Harbours.

The port serves Malawi, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda. Ms Ruzangi said the country is also planning to expand Mwanza port in future by improving its infrastructure.

Recently, Tanzania signed an $11 billion deal with China to construct Bagomoyo port. The port will be bigger than Dar es Salaam and Mombasa ports.

Bagamoyo port will have the capacity to handle 20 million containers a year, compared with Mombasa’s 600,000 and Dar es Salaam’s 500,000.

The Bagamoyo port will ease congestion at Dar es Salaam port and increase business activities in Malawi, DRC, Zambia Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda.