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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Tanzania Picks CHEC For Deepening

Harbor Management Authority Tanzania (TPA) has hired China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) to expand Tanzania's main seaport Dar es Salaam under a US$154 million World-Bank-funded contract.

Plans are in place to build a ro-ro terminal as well as deepen seven existing berths in order to accommodate larger container ships.

Dar es Salaam's container terminals include one run by the Tanzania Ports Authority, and another by Hutchison Ports Holdings, called Tanzania International Container Terminal (TICTs).

Tanzania plans to expand the port to increase cargo throughput from around 14 to 28 million tons a year by 2020, and add fast, modern railway lines.

This project is divided into two parts the first expected to involve the construction of a new pier unload ro-ro vessels, consolidation and enhancement of deep water piers 1- 7.

In the second part, construction will involve deepening draft to 15 metres.

In building the new railway, the port can better compete with other ports, improving transport into Kigali in Rwanda from 23 hours to only 13 hours.

Rival ports include the Port of Mombasa in Kenya which is an entryway for landlocked African states like Zambia, Rwanda, Malawi, Burundi and Uganda.

Big natural gas discoveries in Tanzania and neighbouring states have recently encouraged the interest of oil firms, but transport links are lacking.

Tanzania's Minister of Works, Transport and Communication, Prof. Makame Mbarawa, said: "Deepening and strengthening of the berths will allow big container ships to dock in Dar es Salaam. All these efforts are being done in order to increase competitiveness of the port."

June 12, 2017 by Porttechnology


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