The funding of US $ 421 million for the expansion of the port of Dar es Salam has been approved.
In addition to TPA's own funding of USD 64 million, the World Bank and the United Kingdom Department for International Development have approved a USD 345 million loan and a USD 12 million grant, respectively, for the port expansion under the Dar es Salaam Maritime Gateway Program (DMGP).
The Dar es Salaam Port is a multi-purpose port with eleven berths and a number of jetties. As the country’s principal port, it handles over 90% of country’s import and export volume. It also serves as the gateway to the central and northern parts of Tanzania plus to the countries of Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The objective of the proposed DMGP is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the port and to support the economic development of Tanzania and the countries of the East Africa region. This program will increase the capacity of the port to 28 million tons by 2025. The port handled 10.4 million tons in 2011, 13.8 million tons in 2016 - an increase reflecting an average growth of 9 percent per year.
The DMGP program is a partnership between the Government of Tanzania, the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), other public and private stakeholders, and a coalition of development partners including the TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), and the World Bank (WB) through the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD).
In June 2017, TPA also signed a US$154 million contract with a construction company to build a new Ro-Ro terminal and to deepen and strengthen seven of the existing berths at the port. In the beginning of July 2017, the official cornerstone inauguration by the President John Magufuli took place for the works contract.
Since 2015, Sellhorn Ingenieurgesellschaft is supporting TPA for the implementation of the DMGP and has overall responsibility for the tasks required under this project including the Project and Contract Management; Project Implementation, Monitoring, Control and Administration; Construction Management, and other additional expertise required.