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.
Four ZPMC cranes ordered for Tanzania’s largest port
Tanzania International Container Terminal Services (TICTS) has ordered two ship-to-shore (STS) and two hybrid rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Chinese crane manufacturer ZPMC. The four units will be commissioned at the Port of Dar-es-Salaam container terminal, the largest in Tanzania, during the fourth quarter of 2014. Philippines-based port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) won the concession to manage and operate Tanzania’s largest container terminal port at Dar-es-Salaam in 2000. In 2001, HPH entered into an agreement with ICTSI and certain financial investors to acquire ICTSI International Holdings Corp, the overseas port development and holding subsidiary of ICTSI. Source: Port Technology
A shake-up is underway at the Tanzania Ports Authority as part of broad-based efforts to improve port efficiency.
Mid September saw Dr Mwakyembe, Transport Minister, replace various TPA Board Members, reportedly to address a rift in the Board but ultimately to resolve inefficiency problems at the port of Dar es Salaam and stem revenue losses. This follows on from a similar ‘clean-up’ operation initiated by the Minister on his appointment which saw the suspension of top management at the TPA and at the country’s principal port of Dar es Salaam. The results are already said to be impressive – monthly revenue collected at the port of Dar es Salaam has more than doubled, cargo theft including the theft of containers has fallen dramatically and vessel turnaround time has improved significantly. In turn, this represents a major step towards the port of Dar es Salaam competing more effectively with Kenya's port of Mombasa and capitalising on new trade opportunities, especially those associated with serving the landlocked countries of Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Malawai, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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Dar es Salaam is now called on weekly basis by MSC on SAF EAF service
The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced a revision of its weekly South Africa – East Africa service (#2265). As of this month, a new call at Dar es Salaam will be added to the service’s port rotation.
Reforms Cut Container Stay At Dar Port From 25 to 9 Days
Reforms in the private sector have reduced the number of days a container spends at Dar es Salaam port from 25 in 2009 to 9 by May 2013, the Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Investment and Empowerment, Dr Mary Nagu has said.
She told Parliament yesterday that reforms that aimed at making the private sector the driver of the economy have brought various successes including an increase in tax collection, thus impacting positively on the economy.
As a result, she said foreign direct investments had increased from 520m US dollars in 2005 to 1.1bn US dollars in 2011, and government revenue from local taxes had increased from 25bn/- in 1980 to 800bn/- currently.
$100m heroin haul: Australian Navy intercepts ship off Zanzibar
The Australian Navy has made one of its biggest drug seizures at sea, intercepting a ship allegedly carrying half a tonne of heroin worth an estimated $100 million.
The Australian-led combined task force seized the alleged heroin haul at an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Zanzibar Island, Tanzania, last Friday. It is believed the ship was carrying the drugs to Europe.
The ship, which was flying an unidentifiable flag, was tracked overnight before heavily armed defence personnel boarded it and allegedly found 500 bags of the drug.
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