DAR ES SALAAM,
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- A Tanzanian
cabinet minister said on Tuesday the government will next month
start construction of a four million-US dollar inland container
depot (ICD) in Coast region to decongest the Dar es Salaam port
and improve efficiency.
The Dar es Salaam port is busy
and faces congestion as it serves landlocked countries of
Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and
Makame Mbarawa, the east African nation’s Minister for Works,
Transport and Communication, said the ICD will be constructed in
500 hectares of land and will be completed in nine weeks.
He was speaking after he had witnessed the signing of an
agreement to implement the ICD project between the Tanzania
Ports Authority (TPA) and Suma JKT of the Tanzania National
"Once the project is completed, we expect an accelerated
movement of goods and containers from the Dar es Salaam port to
the ICD, something that will decongest the port," he said.
Mbarawa said plans were also afoot to widen and increase
depths of berths in the Dar es Salaam port and construct a new
berth in Mtwara port to enable large vessels to dock.
Mbarawa said the next plan for the government was to
construct a 300-meter berth at the port of Mtwara that would
enable large ships to dock.
The project would be followed by another project to construct
a 300-meter long berth at the Dar es Salaam port to specifically
service imported vehicles.
"We are also planning to expand berths number one to seven to
allow large and modern ships to dock, especially when tides are
low," said the minister.
Mbarawa said contractors for these projects have been sought
using existing tendering procedures, adding that the contractors
were currently being verified by the Attorney General to
establish their due diligence.