TRANSPORT

by David Brewin

Dar-Chalinze expressway planned
Plans to upgrade the road between Dar es Salaam and Chalinze to a six-lane highway are well advanced, according to the Deputy Minister for Works Gerson Lwenge. The road will be operated as a toll-road. “The 110km Dar es Salaam – Chalinze road has been a headache to transport­ers and has been a cause of unnecessary delays and accidents. But with the implementation of the project, the cost of doing business will be cut down,” he said.

According to Tanroads, the project is expected to take three years and entails construction of six lanes to expressway toll road standards with service roads on both sides and grade separated interchangeability. Access will be controlled and embankments will be high enough to accommodate frequent underpasses and interchanges while maintain­ing good vertical profile. (Daily News)

Tanzania set to become port hub for East Africa
Dar-es-Salaam port has been ranked the top port in East Africa by the the 2012 East African Logistics Performance Survey by the Shipper Council of East Africa (SCEA). This significant improvement in logistics performance is due to drastic changes implemented by the Tanzanian Port Authority in processing cargo in Dar-es-Salaam. However, ship­ping a container from East Africa can still cost more than double than if it were shipped from the Far East.

In addition, new ports are expected in Bagamoyo (which will have the capacity to handle 20 million containers per year, compared with Dar es Salaam’s installed capacity of 500,000) and Tanga. Furthermore, exten­sive infrastructure improvements are planned at Mtwara, Tanga and Bagamoyo. (tanzaniaInvest)

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