Tanzania Ports Authority to construct extensive dry port at Katosho

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Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has plans to construct an extensive dry port at Katosho, Kigoma. The port will be termed as one among the biggest investment made by the authority in modern times.

The project plan

According to Moris Nchindiuza, Kigoma Acting Ports Manager, TPA has finalized plans for the enormous forthcoming project to be constructed. However, the dry port will not only serve Tanzania, but also the East African countries as well as the Great Lake region.

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The port will be of great significance particularly to the land locked countries of Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. Other countries that will benefit from the project as well include Zaire and Zambia.

The compensation

Currently, TPA has disbursed US$5.4mn for compensation directed to 1228 affected people. The affected people are those whose lands have been taken over by the government at Katosho and Kigoma to pave way for the construction of the port.

Out of the 1228 affected people 1196 have already received their money. The remaining31 are yet to collect the compensation.

Development transformation

The completion of the project will enhance the development of Kigoma through job creation opportunities, hence transform it into a modern port.

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The Tanzanian Ports Authority wants to ensure that the proposed dry inland port development near Kigoma has a robust plan, since it will play a significant role in the logistics chain of the country.

Royal HaskoningDHV was appointed to carry out a feasibility study for the new dry port.

Tanzania Ports Authority

Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) regulates and licenses port and marine services and facilities. The authority also manages vessel traffic in the port as well as ensuring safety and security.

TPA operates a system of ports serving the Tanzania hinterland and the landlocked countries of Malawi, Zimbabwe,Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.