The government plans to make the USD11bn Bagamoyo Mega port project, slated to have its foundation stone laid in July this year, the region's biggest port that will serve as the engine of Africa's economic boom.
The Chinese-backed project would dwarf Kenya's port at Mombasa, east Africa's trade gateway some 300 km (180 miles) to the north, and include an industrial zone and rail and road links to capitalise on growth in a region hoping to exploit new oil and gas finds.
"It will be the engine for economic activity not only for Bagamoyo but for the entire region," said district executive Ibrahim Matovu, speaking from offices overlooking beaches where ship-builders hammer out wooden dhows as they have for centuries.
In its heyday, Bagamayo was a gateway to the heart of Africa for colonisers, with trade goods surging in from the Indian Ocean, and timber, ivory and countless slaves exported from the east coast harbour.
Then Bagamoyo, which looks out towards the island of Zanzibar, fell on lean times for more than a century now.
Many doubt the plan can succeed and ask if Bagamoyo is even the right location for a port, given it is just 75 km (50 miles) up the coast from Dar es Salaam and far from gas deposits off Tanzania's southern coast. Politics also plays a role. More at www.ippmedia.com/...
Tanzania's Dar es Salaam Port has got ready to welcome large container vessels including MSC Martina, one of the largest container vessels.
Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has informed that the adequate improvements have enabled to dock such large vessels at the country's major port.
The Mediterranean Shipping Company's container vessel with an overall length of 244 meters and width of 32.2 meters and carrying capacity of 2,411 containers docked without any problem, said Madeni Kipande, Acting Director General, TPA.
Kipande explained that the MSC Martina is one of the largest container ships owned by the Geneva-based Italian Company to dock and offload consignment at the port. The arrival of such large vessels is a major achievement to be recorded by the Tanzania Ports Authority, he noted.
The largest ship to be accommodated by the Port was Maersk Cubango with an overall length of 250 meters and width of 38 meters with capacity to carry 4,500 containers owned by the Maersk Line. www.marinelink.co...
Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) has come up in support for the big result now (BRN) to increase Dar es Salaam Port efficiency in the next three years.
TMEA has set aside over 60 million US dollars (102bn/-) to increase efficiency that would see, among other things, reduction by almost half from nine to four days of container dwelling time.
TMEA Tanzania Country Director, Dr Josaphat Kweka, said they were working hand in hand with the government to raise competitiveness at Dar port under BRN.
“We have taken some key points under BRN to increase Dar port competitiveness and working on them,” Dr Kweka said during the launch of logistic innovation for trade (LIFT) fund.
The country representative said the idea was to support the government initiative on increasing efficiency in the next three years under BRN.
Some areas which TMEA will support BRN are port logistic and infrastructures, operating system and port effectiveness.
Tanzania says construction of China-funded port at Bagamoyo to start in 2015
Construction of a Chinese-funded port and special economic zone in Tanzania worth at least $10 billion will start in July 2015, the president’s office said in a statement on Monday, for the first time setting a start date for the delayed initiative.
Tanzania aims to build a huge port at Bagamoyo, 75 km (47 miles) north of commercial capital Dar es Salaam, the site of the country’s main port, where shippers complain of congestion and inefficiencies.
A construction agreement for the port and associated zone was signed on Sunday and follows a framework deal signed last year. An official said a start date for building work had taken time to set because of other negotiations about infrastructure to link the port to national transport networks.
The planned Bagamoyo port, new investment in Dar es Salaam and other spending on roads and railways are part of Tanzania’s efforts to become a transport hub that could challenge the dominance of Mombasa in neighbouring Kenya
CARGO clearance at the Dar es Salaam port is set to improve further after the arrival of seven heavy duty cranes for the Tanzania International Container Terminal Services (TICTS).
The new heavy-duty equipment include two SSG (Ship to Shore Gantry) and seven RTG (Rubber-Tyred Gantry) cranes according to a statement by Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) which acted as port and discharging agent for the order.
TICTS placed a $20 million order for five cranes with a Shanghai-based Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) last year for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2014.
The equipment will have the ability to handle vessels with containers stacked 13 rows across and have a lifting capacity of 41 tonnes, said TICTS, which is a member of Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH).
The operator further said the hybrid RTGs would help optimise energy use, reducing both fuel costs and the terminal’s carbon footprint.
Tanzania receives $565 mln financing to expand port
Tanzania signed a $565 million deal with the World Bank and other development partners to expand its main port of Dar es Salaam, part of plans to boost the east African nation’s role as a regional trade hub. Tanzania wants to lift capacity to 28 million tonnes a year by 2020 from the 14.6 million today.
Tanzania: Bagamoyo Port Construction Starts This Year
THE construction of Bagamoyo Port is expected to begin this year once the required agreements have been penned down, the Tanzania envoy to China said on Monday.
Previous, the construction of the port at Mbegani creek was estimated to begin next January but speed of negotiations permitted the project to kick off this year, thanks to Big Results Now (BRN) initiative.
The Tanzania envoy to China, Mr Abdulrahaman Shimbo told ‘Daily News’ that the port will be built in phases were the main leg expect to begin soon after completion of negotiation, which are at final stages.
“The initial agreement was signed earlier this year to pave way for final negotiations, which after completion the agreement to start work will be signed,” Amb Shimbo said.
The earlier agreement also enables the starting of initial feasibility study of a mega port that will take 30 years to be constructed to its full capacity at a cost of 10 billion US dollars.
Nevertheless, the envoy said, the port construction for quay side, container yard, dust cargo terminal and dredging–would take three years to be completed in 2017.
“This will include the supporting infrastructure of two railway lines (TAZARA and TRL),” Mr Shimbo, a retired army general, said. To walk the BRN talk, within the first 10 years, the logistic and export processing zone will be in place.
The port’s first phase, once completed in three years, will have the capacity to handle 20 million containers a year, compared with Mombasa’s installed capacity of 600,000 and Dar es Salaam’s 500,000 to become the largest in eastern coast.
China Merchants Holdings International (CMHI), the world largest independent port operators, is the main investor for construction and development of Bagamoyo Port.
CMHI, adheres to a “customer first” principle, strives to strengthen its core competencies to serve the expanding global economy, after accumulating experience since 19th century.
The envoy said China Merchant is the main player but there other investors in the project which includes land locked countries that the country served like Zambia, Malawi, DRC, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
He categorically refuted allegation that the port will be used also as the Chinese military base saying these are unfounded and negative reports that centred on tarnishing the commercial port project.
“I was the immediate chief of staff of Tanzania People’s Defence Forces, there is no such thing that is purely commercial port to be constructed in collaboration of private sector and government” Mr Shimbo, a retired Lieutenant General, said.
CMHI’s parent company is China Merchants Group, a conglomerate established in 1872, whose three core businesses include transportation (ports and related services, toll roads, energy shipping and logistics), finance (banking, securities, funds, insurance) and property. It also own China Merchant Bank.
In 2010, CMHI-invested terminals handled 52.28 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs)–topping national rankings and placing CMHI at the forefront of the world’s largest independent port operators. Throughput volume of CMHI-invested terminals in mainland China accounted for 32 per cent of China’s total container throughput.
Source: Tanzania Daily News
Tanzania: Govt Pushes for Improved Port Efficiency
01 May 2014 The Minister for Transport, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, has underscored the need for Tanzania to exploit fully its strategic geographic location.
He said there was no reasons why Tanzania failed to benefit from its advantage of being a gateway to several landlocked central African countries including Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.
The minister said this in Kibaha recently after making a 2,000-km road tour from Dar es Salaam to Tunduma to Lubumbashi, through a highway widely used by businessmen in DRC, Tanzania and Zambia.
He also visited several Inland Container Depots (ICDs) and weight bridges and vowed to solve problems being encountered by traders in the three countries.
"Tanzania is surrounded by six landlocked countries and possess a coastline of 1,500 kilometresÉ this is a blessing that should be utilised," the Minister told journalists after touring Maili Moja weight bridge in Kibaha, Coast Region.
The minister's delegation included the Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure, Mr Peter Serukamba and a member of the committee, Ms Zarina Madabida.
At Mikese Weigh Bridge, Mr Serukamba told journalists that the government should review the number of road-blocks and other barriers to trade.
"We are facing serious competition, we must change as a nation," he said. Also in the delegation were officials from the Tanzania Port Authority and Surface and Marine Transport Authority.
Available statistics shows that cargo passing through the port of Dar es Salaam to all six landlocked countries increased from 3.55 million tonnes in 2011/12 up to 4.05 million tonnes in 2012/13, an increase of 14.2 per cent.
Source: Tanzania Daily News
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 | Operations at Dar es Salaam port will go on uninterrupted for 24 hours every day including Saturdays and Sundays, as Ministry of Transport targets meeting Big Results Now (BRN) cargo volume by 2015.
Under BRN, Dar es Salaam port is supposed to reduce the number of days to clear containers from five days last year to three days by end 2015, as well as time taken for containers to move from the port area to inland container depots from three to two days which would increase cargo handled from the current 12 million tonnes to 18 million tonnes.