On February 14th 2017, Tanzania Ports Authority signed a contract with SUMA JKT of the Tanzania National Service for the construction of a 500 hectare inland container depot (ICD) at Ruvu in the Pwani region of Tanzania. The project which is to start early next month is expected to take 9 weeks to complete and cost 7.3 Billion Tanzanian shillings.
Speaking at the contract signing ceremony in Dar es Salaam, Minister for Works, Construction, and Communication, Prof. Makame Mbarawa expressed the governments optimism that the ICD will help minimize traffic congestion at the Port of Dar es Salaam and in the City in general since containers will be transported from the port to the ICD by train. Prof Mbarawa also revieled that the governments plan is to relocate all ICDs to the outskirts of Dar es Salaam city in the future.
Prof Mbarawa also revealed that plans are underway, to construct a new berth specifically for vehicles as well as expanding and dredging berths one to seven at the Dar es Salaam port. Contractors for the projects have been secured, what lays ahead is for the Attorney General to go through the contracts after which the government will conduct due diligence of the bidder after which the signing of the agreement will be done in one-month time.
Presently, larger ships fail to dock at the Dar es Salaam port when there is low tide but the berth dredging will allow the vessels to anchor smoothly, he observed. The minister as well announced plans to expand the berth at Mtwara port in Southern Tanzania on an area measuring 300 metres to allow larger ocean going vessels to dock.