Major expansion for Dar es Salaam port
The port at Dar es Salaam is to undergo a major expansion following the approval of a $345 million loan from the World Bank.
The Dar es Salaam Maritime Gateway Project will also receive a $12 million grant from the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) while the Tanzanian government is contributing around $63 million through the Tanzania Ports Authority.
The expansion project involves deepening and strengthening 11 existing berths, as well as constructing a new multi-purpose berth and enlarging the port's entrance channel.
The scheme is expected to boost productivity at the port, reduce waiting time to berth from 80 hours to 30 hours, and increase trade in the region.
Dar es Salaam handled around 14 million tonnes in 2016, up from 10 million tonnes in 2011. The Tanzanian government says it wants to increase the port's annual capacity to 28 million tons by the end of 2020.
The port acts as an important hub for landlocked neighbouring countries such as Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.