Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: New Bulk Handling Terminal Underway

A NEW bulk handling terminal covering 80,000 square metres of land is set to commence operation by next March, thanks to Dar es Salaam Corridor Group investment in infrastructure.

In a statement, DCG said the terminal will handle different bulk commodities and dangerous goods away from Dar es Salaam port's neighbourhood. "The first warehouse of 4,500 square metres should be up and running beginning 2014.

The new terminal will be linked to the Tazara railway system," the statement said. The DCG which already operates a bulk terminal the only purpose built bulk terminal in Sub-Saharan Africa able to handle fertilisers with a capacity of 25,000 cubic metres and is also able to handle all free flowing, non-liquid bulk commodities.

"The main purpose of the bulk terminal is to reduce the lay time of bulk vessels in the port. Tipper trucks take the bulk cargo straight from the ship to the terminal.

Direct bulk discharge almost doubles the speed compared to bagging on the keyside," the company said on its website as break bulk cargo ships pile up outside the outer anchorage of the port.

Next to the bulk terminal, DCG offers 3,000 square metres of warehouse space for bagged fertiliser, the company added. "The bulk terminal is an example of logistics innovation which helps our clients to save time and money," said Erik Kok, DGC's Chief Executive Officer.

DCG has so far invested in 4,500 square metres of transit bonded warehouse space through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with Malawi Cargo Centre in Dar es Salaam, mainly handling valuable minerals like copper and cobalt, originating from Zambia and Congo.

Other commodities handled for export through the facilities are bulk Manganese, Tobacco, Cotton, Coffee and scrap metals.

On the import side the company is involved in the clearing and safe handling of many chemicals arriving in big bags in containers. Sulphur, lime, ammonium nitrate, sodium, Nahs, grinding media, bitumen going to Zambia, Congo, Malawi, Burundi and Rwanda.

"Fast and reliable clearing and transport, combined with excellent customer service are key to a satisfied client," said Goodluck Kasembe who is DCG's Operations Manager DCG discharged its first vessel in the port of Dar es Salaam in 2004 and currently offers full logistic solutions to a wide range of clients.

As a cargo handler specialised in non-liquid dry bulk and dangerous bulk goods, the company is involved in the handling of fertiliser, cereals, bulk sulphur, sugar, coal, clinker and different valuable minerals like copper and cobalt.

To perform at the highest standards, DCG has invested over the years in its own port handling equipment, bulk terminal, clearing department and warehousing.

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