Dar es Salaam, Tanzania — Plans are underway to upgrade three ports under the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) as part of Ports Master Plan (PMP) spanning the period 2008-2028.
The three ports are Mbamba Bay, Kigoma and Kilwa and to start with, the TPA has already invited eligible firms to carry out feasibility study and detailed engineering design for construction of the three ports.
"Interested firms must submit relevant and comprehensive information and documentation indicating that it is qualified to perform the required service," the TPA's said in the notice advertised by the local media last week.
The Mbamba Bay port which is located on the shores of Lake Nyasa with potential to link the proposed southern corridor to neighbouring Malawi, is among the Lake Ports discussed in the PMP."Efforts to develop ports on the shores of Lake Nyasa have to be concurrent with the development of the Southern Corridor for easy delivery of goods to and from neighbouring land locked states as well as coal from Liganga and Mchuchuma mines on the shores of Lake Nyasa," the advert said.
The Kigoma Port is also among Lake Ports broadly discussed in the PMP. The port has passenger and cargo terminals as well as dockyard south of the facility, the ports' authority said.
"It has a rail link siding from Kigoma railway station at the southern far end of the port and port access road off. The port is mainly used for transshipment of cargo to Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi," the TPA said. The Kigoma port's mode of operations and equipment are are outdated hence making the port inefficient thus unable to attract customers.
"The current objective of the project is to have a state of art cargo or passenger terminal which could be used both for containerized as well as break bulk cargo, oil reception facilities and dock yard," it added.As the existing Kilwa port consisting of a modest jetty with seven meters depth of water and one warehouse without handling equipment. The intrinsic through put capacity is estimated at 50 tons per year.The authority has set aside fund in this financial year for carrying out a feasibility study and detail engineering design for the construction of deep water Berths at the port.
"The objective of the assignment is to assess the financial, social-economic and technical feasibility for constructing deep water berths at Kilwa Port and carry out detail engineering designs," it added.
The Tanzania Ports Authority presently owns Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Mtwara Ports and all lake ports in Tanzania. It was established in 2005.