IN its bid to strengthen its services, the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has purchased four modern cranes to be used for off loading and loading of goods at the Dar es Salaam and Tanga ports respectively.
The TPA Acting Communication Manager, Ms Janeth Ruzangi said in Dar es Salaam over the weekend that the four cranes are worth a total of 10.4million Euros. "These cranes are very modern and efficient. They can off load and load goods in different ships compared to the past," she said.
She said that the capacity of the port has now been greatly increased and that was one of the strategies in order to enable it to compete in offering port services in the region. She said that the state of the art cranes can be run by remote controls and that the speed has increased to satisfy the needs of service seekers both local and international ones.
She said three cranes are for the port of Dar es Salaam while Tanga port will be allocated one. "People around the region should now be able to use our port without any problem," she said.
The Acting Manager for the TPA Container Terminal, Ms Brigita Madolomani said that the coming of the new cranes have tremendously increased the capacity of the terminal. Ms Madolomani said a total of 315 containers per hour were serviced in December, last year, compared to 216 containers per hour that were serviced before the coming of the new cranes in October, last year.
According to her the developments at the ports were crucial in the quality of service delivery in the east African region. Dar es Salaam port serves several neighbouring land locked countries including Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.