Tanzanian $10 billion megaport to be largest in East Africa
The multi-phase project – to include the port and a special economic zone – will dwarf the country’s current main port at Dar es Salaam, 75 km to the south, as well as East Africa’s current largest port in Mombasa, Kenya.
According to government officials, the first phase of Bagamoyo port will have capacity to host container vessels of up to 8,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).
At the groundbreaking ceremony, President Jakaya Kikwete said the port’s construction would help the government realise its goal of bringing about “an industrial revolution in Tanzania”.
While phase one of the development should be completed within three years, the entire project – to include the port and economic zone, plus road and rail infrastructure – will be delivered in ten years.
With cargo volumes at Dar es Salaam expected to rise by up to 25 per cent this year, to 18 million tonnes, it is hoped that Bagamoyo will ease the burden on the port, which is already operating beyond its capacity and with limited space for expansion. ■