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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Rescued Taiwan fishing vessel crew members arrived in Tanzania
The 26 rescued Taiwan fishing vessel Xufu 1 crew members, escorted by a Chinese navy warship, arrived in Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania on Saturday morning.
All crew members looked well and were transported immediately to hotel for medical examines by a Chinese medical team waiting there.
They crew members have also received medical and psychological examines when they were on the Chinese navy warship for three days after freed by Somalia pirates.
Xufu 1, with 13 crew members from the Chinese mainland, one from Taiwan and 12 from Vietnam, was hijacked by Somali pirates in December off the Madagascar coast and taken to Somalia.
Container handling by the Tanzania International Container Terminal Services (TICTS) at the Dar es Salaam port on Tuesday came to standstill after the firm's employees' went on strike , TSN Daily News reports.
The strike led to congestion at the port and traffic jam along Mandela Expressway as hundreds of trucks with local and transit cargo and other vehicles were stranded for many hours.
Until late in the evening, the Dock Workers' Union of Tanzania (DOWUTA) and the TICTS management were holding a meeting to resolve disputes that made employees to lay down tools.
A survey at the port found that apart from the trucks which obstructed movement of other vehicles, five ships were at outer anchorage and two were waiting for their turn to offload.
The employees are blaming TICTS management for failing to honour some terms contained in their employment contracts including purchase of company shares and failure to pay them bonuses for the last eight years.
The workers also demand the management to narrow the difference paid on various allowances.
Nearly 200 killed as ferry Spice Islanders capsizes in Tanzania
An overcrowded ferry carrying around 800 passengers off the east African country of Tanzania has capsized, with hundreds of people missing. The ferry, MV Spice Islanders, was heavily overloaded. Police in Zanzibar said they had recovered 192 bodies, and found 606 survivors.
Survivor Abdullah Saied said and some potential passengers had refused to board when it was leaving the mainland port of Dar es Salaam. It sank in an area with heavy currents, in deep sea between mainland Tanzania and Pemba Island at about 1am on Saturday. Boats frequently traverse the route, but travel times vary depending on the vessel. www.telegraph.co....
Vessels diverting to Dar es Salaam, due to delays at port of Mombasa
Cargo handlers and importers are up in arms over delays to allocate berths and the shortage of loaders at the port of Mombasa, Dredging today reports.
Shipping agents said vessels were now diverting to Dar es Salaam, causing importers inconveniences and huge losses.
According to one importer, they were supposed to have received their cargo by August 27, but the ship had to skip Mombasa due to the delays.
On Monday, there were 10 ships waiting to dock at the port. More to read at www.dredgingtoday...
About 3,000 tractors imported under the Kilimo Kwanza initiative are reported to be held at the Dar es Salaam port and in other inland container depots due to misunderstanding on related tax waivers.
Indian businessmen that grabbed opportunity brought by the Kilimo Kwanza initiative to import agro-machinery, have complained that they were discouraged by the bureaucracy at the port during clearance of the farm inputs imported under the initiative.
"Due to that, some traders have not cleared about 3,000 tractors since last October, and as a result, they were supposed to pay some $3 million as storage charges at shipping lines and ICDs," said Mr Anver Rajpar of Seaforth shipping company at the Symposium on Kilimo Kwanza organised by Tanzania-India Friendship Association on Friday in Dar es Salaam.