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Dar Es Salaam TCTSI 3 480

Tanzania Ports Authority, tel +255 22 211 6258
Head Office email dp@tanzaniaports.com


Port of Dar es Salaam: tel +255 22 211 0401/9 or +255 22 211 7816

Port Manager: tel +255 22 211 3642 (or +255 22 211 00401/9

Port Control: n/a

Port Captain: n/a

Public Relationas: n/a

website: www.tanzaniaports.com

Port email address: pmdsm@tanzaniaports.com

Dar es Salaam is the principal port of Tanzania and the main gateway not only to Tanzania's hinterland and the Great Lakes region but also plays a major role in being a gateway into the neighbouring states of Burundi, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi and the eastern DRC. In total the port handling about 95 percent of the country's international trade.

The port is connected with these regions by road and by rail. The rail corridors include a rail service to the Tanzanian lake port of Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika, another to Tanzania's port of Mwanza on Lake Victoria, and a third to Zambia, the DRC and Zimbabwe via the TAZARA railway system.

The port of Dar es Salaam consists of 11 berths with a total length of over 2,000 metres. The terminals are partially privatised. The design capacity of the port is said to be 3.1 million tons of general cargo, 6 million tons of liquid bulk cargo, and 1 million tons of containerised cargo but efforts are underway to increase the various capacities.

In the fiscal year 2012/13 the port of Dar es Salaam handled a total of 12.531 million tons of cargo (all products) from a total of 13.713mt of cargo handled by all Tanzanian ports including those on the lakes. A total of 1,366 ship calls were made at Dar es Salaam (24.860mt gross tonnage).

Cargo recorded at all Tanzanian ports in fiscal year 2012/13

PORT Volume handled in tons
Dar es Salaam 12,530,675
Tanga 457,537
Mtwara 203,644
Kilwa, Lindi & Mafia 49,148
Mwanza 360,891
Kigoma 81,880
Kyela 29,614
Total all ports 13,713,389 million tons

Tanzania relies to a large extent on water-borne passenger traffic, including ferries that operate between the offshore islands as well as passenger traffic on the lakes. In 2012/13 Dar es Salaam recorded 707,286 passenger embarkations and 666,860 disembarkations. In total Tanzania had 927,960 passengers embark and 876,561 disembark at the ports of Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Mwanza, Kigoma and Kyela.

Marine Craft: The Port of Dar es Salaam has the following marine craft:

  • 6 Berthing Tugs

  • 16 Lighter Towing Tugs

  • 4 Lighters

  • 2 Labour Launches

  • 2 Pilot Boats

  • 2 Patrol Boats

  • 13 Mooring Boats