Tanzania: New shipping lines call at Dar es Salaam port as efficiency improves

TANZANIA International Container Terminal Services (TICTS), a specialist container operator in the country’s largest seaport, Dar es Salaam, is seeing an increase in business and shipping volumes passing through Tanzania.

TICTS Managing Director Horace Hui said the port’s improved performance reflects progress in cooperation with the government and the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) to modernize operations at the terminal.

In April 2021, TICTS invested nearly 5 billion/- (US$2.0 million) to relocate three old ship-to-shore gantry cranes at the port of Dar es Salaam, which were decommissioned by the TPA.

This created an additional mooring length at the quay allowing 3 vessels to berth at the same time and therefore increasing the annual handling capacity by nearly 100,000 TEUs.

The three cranes, which had not been operational since 2014, took up unnecessary space, making it difficult to improve service delivery at the container terminal.

He said that the dismantling and relocation of the three (3) Ship-to-Shore Gantry Cranes (SSG) has now allowed three ships to berth at a time in port, instead of just two.

A logistical feat The crane dismantling and removal project began in early February this year and was completed in April 2021.

Six SSG cranes are currently deployed to unload and load containers at the terminal.

The crane dismantling project was carried out by TICTS under the direction and coordination of TPA to ensure that it was carried out in a safe and efficient manner without any disruption to operations.

It involved a team of around 100 people, which included international contractors and consultants from the UK, South Africa and local employees, while special cranes were brought in from the Netherlands to support the moving operation. TICTS took the initiative to organize the dismantling and relocation. and financed the costs of the project.

Over the past five years, TICTS has invested US$5.0 million to improve terminal productivity. “Two mobile cranes have been imported from Europe to help with the dismantling work of the old TPA cranes.

This special equipment from Europe was the largest cranes ever used in East Africa,” Hui said. “We were able to carry out this massive project safely, without impacting the daily operations of the port of Dar es Salaam, which was a major logistical element. success,” he noted.

Following improved terminal performance, Ms Gold Star Shipping Line introduced its new service to Dar es Salaam port, while MV Santo Antofagasta made its maiden voyage to the port on the 16th of this month.

“The additional berthing space created after the cranes were removed will help reduce the waiting time for ships in port,” Hui said.

“Already three ships have started docking following the completion of the dismantling and removal of old crane parts exercise.”

A Global Network of Ports TICTS has operated the container terminal at the Port of Dar es Salaam under a lease agreement with the Tanzania Ports Authority since 2000.

TICTS is a member of Hutchison Ports, the port and related services division of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (CK Hutchison).

It has a network of port operations in 53 ports covering 27 countries across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, America and Australasia.

Over the years, Hutchison Ports has expanded into other logistics and transportation-related businesses, including cruise ship terminals, distribution centers, rail services and ship repair facilities.

TICTS manages container handling activities at the Port of Dar es Salaam at berths 8, 9, 10 and 11 and the inland container depot at Kurasini, which in total will have handled over 8 million TEUs since its inception .

The port of Dar es Salaam is the main gateway for over 80% of Tanzanian maritime trade and is also the hub for access to six landlocked countries including Burundi, Uganda, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

As Tanzania’s leading container handling facility, TICTS is committed to moving forward and enhancing its role as the country’s maritime gateway, the CEO said.

“The Port of Dar es Salaam is strengthening its role as the country’s maritime gateway by investing in modern IT systems and mobile equipment, while constantly improving its productivity levels, efficiency and customer service,” Mr. Hui said.

The improved efficiency of the port of Dar es Salaam is a major boost as it faces increasing competition from other ports in Eastern and Southern Africa such as Mombasa in Kenya, Durban in South Africa, Beira in Mozambique, Walvis Bay in Namibia and other competitors.

According to the World Bank, cargo volumes at the Port of Dar es Salaam have grown by an average of 9% per year over the past decade.

This growth is already putting considerable pressure on the port of Dar es Salaam, but TPA projections suggest that cargo volume could actually increase by 43% over the next four years, from 17.5 million tonnes handled in 2020 to 25 million tons in 2025.

The World Bank estimates that traffic at the port could reach 38 million tonnes by 2030 due to ongoing expansion works at the port. Since 2015, the government has launched an ambitious project worth around $700 million to expand the port of Dar es Salaam, which includes dredging and widening the entrance channel. road links and platforms.

“While the Dar es Salaam Maritime Gateway Project (DMGP) is underway with the aim of modernizing the port, TICTS is evolving in parallel with this project by improving the efficiency of the container terminal and potentially with a control system at distance,” he added.