Tanzania to expand port capacity

16 November 2011 (Last Updated November 16th, 2011 18:30)

The Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) is planning to invest $1.4bn in the capacity expansion of Dar es Salaam port and Tanga port.

The Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) is planning to invest $1.4bn in the capacity expansion of Dar es Salaam port and Tanga port.

TPA will invest $600m in the construction of the Tanga’s new Mwambani port, and $523m in the Dar es Salaam port, excluding dredging of the channel depth.

The Dar es Salaam port expansion includes building of new berths number 13 and 14, which will be adjacent to Kurasini oil jetty. This is expected to cost $400m will be funded by China.

According to TPA, in two years the ports will have the capacity to handle 1Mteu a year.

TPA is also planning to build a dry port at Kisarawe in order to decongest the port, which will be developed into a cargo freight station that can handle both containers and vehicles in large numbers, according to theeastafrican.co.ke.

Tanga port, which is the second biggest in Tanzania after Dar es Salaam, currently has a capacity to handle 500,000t of cargo annually, but utilises only 76.5% of that capacity.