DAR-ES-SALAAM, The Tanzanian government has directed the Tanzania Port Authority (TPA) management to ensure that operations at Tanga port, the second largest in the country behind Dar-es-Salaam, are revived in order to enable bigger vessels to dock.
Tanga Port manager, Percival Salama, told the Daily News in an interview that the geological survey of sea, sand and soil at the port had started after the Authority signed a four-month contract with Tanzania-based BICO Engineering to conduct the survey on the expansion of the port.
He said the survey was expected to be completed this month.
We as TPA signed a four-month contract with the University of Dar-es-salaam BICO Engineering to conduct a geological survey in the berths area of Tanga port from Aprilto- August this year but, the work will be completed in July this year, he said.
After the initial work of surveying is completed, the second phase, which will involve deepening of the dock area from the current 3.5 metres to 5 metres to 11 metres will start as soon as possible.
He said that by the year 2020, the port will be able to accommodate bigger vessels without problems. Salama added that the port had a target to serve Tanzania's northern regions (provinces) of Tanga, Kilimanjaro, Arusha and Manyara as well as Mara, Singida, Dodoma and Shinyanga.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK