Work is progressing fast on the construction of new deepwater berths in Dar es Salaam harbour.
Work is progressing fast on the construction of new deepwater berths in Dar es Salaam harbour. The berths are being built to cope with increased traffic to and from Zambia, Rwanda and Burundi.
Three berths with a capacity of 1,200,000 tons per annum are already in operation and a further three are near-completion. It is believed that the work is the largest harbour construction work ever undertaken in East Africa. In addition to the three berths coming into commission at the end of the year, work on another two berths has been started by a Dutch Company which won the contract. Amongst the equipment being used is one of the largest steam driven pile drivers in the world.
The work on the harbour is directly linked to the construction of the Tanzania-Zambia railway, being built and financed by the Chinese. The Chinese also built the naval base at the harbour and trained 80 Tanzanians in China to use the six Chinese gunboats in the Tanzanian People's Defence Forces.
The new harbour berths will be able to hold more large ships which call for copper being exported from land- Zambia. The copper is transported by road from Zambia to Dar-es-Salaam at the moment. The GBP100 million railway is not expected to be completed until at least 1975.