In its bid to strengthen services, the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has purchased four modern cranes that will see off-loading and loading of goods go smoothly at the Dar es Salaam and Tanga ports.
TPA Acting Communication Manager, Ms. Janeth Ruzangi talked of the new developments to journalists yesterday, noting that the four cranes cost a total of 10.4 million euros.
“These cranes are very modern and efficient ones…they can off load and on load goods in different ships, which wasn’t so earlier,” she said, giving the cost of each crane as 2.6 million euros.
The cargo clearing capacity of the port has now been greatly increased, she said, noting that this was among strategies to compete in offering port services in the region.
The state of the art cranes can be run by remote control and operational speed has increased, which is likely to satisfy the needs of service seekers at local and international level, she said.
Three cranes are intended for the port of Dar es Salaam while Tanga port got one. “People around the region should now be able to use our port without undue problems,” she said.
Ms. Brigita Madolomani, the TPA Container Terminal acting manager, said the coming of the cranes has tremendously increased capacity at the terminal.
A total of 315 containers per hour were serviced last month compared to 216 containers per hour serviced before the coming of the new cranes in October, she said, emphasizing that developments at the port were crucial for the quality of service delivery in the region.
Dar es Salaam port serves several neighboring land locked countries like Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, along with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).