At Least 42 Drowned in Lake Victoria Ferry Sinking, Officials Say Death Toll Could Top 200
DAR ES SALAAM, Sept 20 (Reuters) – At least 42 people drowned when a ferry sank on Thursday in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria and government officials feared the final death toll could be more than 200, a senior local official said. Ukerewe District Commissioner Colonel Lucas Magembe told Reuters that the rescue mission to find survivors from the disaster had been halted until dawn on Friday with 42 people confirmed dead. Initial estimates showed that the MV Nyerere was carrying more than 300 people onboard. It went down in the afternoon just a few meters from the dock in Ukerewe district, according to national ferry services operator TEMESA said. But it was hard to establish the precise number of passengers on board since the person dispensing tickets had also drowned with the machine recording the data lost.
Tanzania signs $154 million contract with Chinese firm to expand main port
Tanzania’s government signed a $154 million contract with the state-run China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) to expand the main port in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. Tanzania is seeking financing for infrastructure projects as part of its plans to transform the country into a regional transport and trade hub. Under the contract funded by a World Bank loan, CHEC, a subsidiary of the state-run China Communications Construction Co Ltd, will build a roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) terminal and deepen and strengthen seven berths at Dar es Salaam port. Tanzania hopes expansion of the port will increase container throughput to 28 million tonnes a year by 2020 from around 20 million tonnes currently.
Longest vessel docks at the Dar Port
DAR ES SALAAM Port has for the first time received the longest ship, having 261-metre length, to ever dock at the facility. According to the Director General of the Tanzania Ports Authority, Eng Deusdedit Kakoko, Mv Hammonia Grenada has the capacity of carrying 4,256 containers. "The ship had docked on Wednesday afternoon and offloaded 483 containers and loaded 656 others for transporting them to Thailand," noted Eng Kakoko. The arrival of the ship at the Port was regarded as true reflection on the ability of the port to handle large vessels which in the past diverted to Mombasa Port. He has assured customers that the port is fully operational and the arrival of Mv Hammonia has just opened doors for more larger ships. http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/54018-longest-vessel-docks-at-the-dar-portUpload News