Tanzania: Tpa Thanks Samia As Cargo Volume Go Up

LAKE Tanganyika Ports have experienced a 19 per cent surge in cargo volume, specifically exports to the neighbouring country of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) appreciating President Suluhu Hassan’s deliberate measures to lift the maritime sector during her first year in the office.

According to Kigoma Port Manager, Manga Gassaya, cargo volume across Lake Tanganyika ports increased from 237,806 tonnes in the year ending March 2021, to 282,221 tonnes in the year ending February 2022.

General cargo registered the highest growth during the last 12 months, surpassing the target in 11 months, while the number of passengers also showed upward trajectory.

Mr Gassaya attributed the surge in cargo volume to continuous improvement of ports infrastructure, availability of modern cargo handling equipment.

“We’re very grateful to President Samia for giving directives on ports improvement and issuing us with the needed funds to carry out the projects,” said Mr Gassaya.

“Our key responsibility is to translate her directives into action and always ensure we improve our performance and meet the expectations of our President, and those of our customers,” added Mr Gassaya.

Soon after coming to power, President Samia dished out 500bn/- for the procurement of equipment that would improve efficiency in the country’s ports and boost revenue collection.

“We have obtained equipment such as reach stacker with the capacity to carry 45 tonnes of load, fork lift with a 16 tonnes capacity and we’re looking forward to receiving more equipment.”