`TPA should designate, plan navy ships’ berth in time’

Navy and cruise ships should have a dedicated berth for docking at Dar es Salaam port to avoid interrupting commercial ships’ berthing and affecting efficiency at the port.

A member of Tanzania Shipping Agents Association (TASAA) board of trustees, Emmanuel Mallya said in Dar es Salaam that the current commercial ships pile up in the outer anchorage which is blamed on influx of navy ships should serve as a lesson to Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA).

He said globally navy and cruise ships were an important part of the shipping industry which prime ports like Dar es Salaam could not avoid. “We need these types of ships and TPA should plan how to handle them as other ports in the world do,” Mallya argued.

He said what was going on at the country’s prime port currently where over 20 ships are lined up in the outer anchorage should be addressed by undertaking the port’s master-plan developed several years ago.

“This master plan clearly indicates the need to develop Gerezani Creek, multi-storey car park and berth construction,” said Mallya who is also founder and Managing Director of EB Maritimes Limited of Dar es Salaam.

He said delays in clearing mostly tramp ships in the outer anchorage attracts penalties in terms of demorrhage because such ships are hired for a specific period and use.

Mallya’s observation comes when Dar es Salaam Port Manager, Awadh Massawe wrote to stakeholders last week on restrictions being imposed to navy ships.

In a letter dated December 17, last year addressed to port stakeholders including Tanzania Shipping Agents Association (TASAA) and Tanzania Freight Forwarders Association, Mr Massawe, said there has been an influx of naval ships berthing at the port.
Source: Daily News, reported by Finningan wa Simbeye from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 
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