Tanzania Port Authority (TPA) is finalizing the construction of three modern vessels which will operate on Lake Nyasa. Kyela Port Manager, Percival Salama, said that the vessels would help open up economic and business opportunities for the three regions of Mbeya, Njombe and Ruvuma as well as neighboring countries of Mozambique and Zambia.
He also noted that the move would help in facilitating the opening up of the Mtwara Development Corridor with the aim of ensuring that the Mtwara and Mbamba Bay Ports serve the market in Malawi and reduce the competitiveness of Mozambique ports to Dar es Salaam port.
“This would help Mtwara Port to increase its cargo volume all the time during the cashew nut harvest season”, he said. Salama was also optimistic that once the vessels commence operation, the TPA would reap the benefits of increased revenue.
“Many customers have already expressed their readiness to use the water transport upon the completion of construction of these vessels”, he said. Out of the three ships, two would be used for carrying goods and the remaining one for transporting passengers.
The construction of the cargo vessels is scheduled for completion in October, while the remaining passenger vessel will be ready for use from February next year.
The ship building project is being undertaken by M/s Songoro Marine Transport Ltd. The passenger vessel will have the capacity to transport 200 people and a consignment of a maximum weight of 200 tons.
Source: Daily News Tanzania
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