The Port Of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania reached a major milestone when it recently broke both its own capacity handled record and that of all other Eastern and Southern African ports (excluding South Africa) by welcoming the MOL Tranquil Ace to discharge 3743 cars on the new RORO berth.
This new milestone was celebrated and promoted in a press briefing, and with the release of a video by the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) - see below. Inchcape as agents for Mitsui OSK in Tanzania and with a long standing relationship with the TPA were invited to attend the briefing.
The video is in Kiswahili but an English transcript is available below.
Transcript for the TPA video:
Mr. Eric Benedict Hamissi – Director General Tanzania Port Authority – “MOL Tranquil Ace vessel arrived with 3743 cars which has never happened since this port started operations. The previous record was 2600, increased by 1143. A record that has not been reached in the Eastern and Southern ports excluding South Africa. The vessel has come directly from Japan and is not a feeder vessel. 65% of the cars are on transit which is based on the efficiency of our port allowing trust for increase of volumes.“
Benance Sebastian - ISS East Africa Area Manager – “It is indeed a great milestone for the Port Of Dar Es Salaam and we at Inchcape Shipping Services along with our principal Mitsui OSK Lines are proud to be a part of this achievement. It is the culmination of weeks of cooperation - knowledge exchange, sharing industry best practices between MOL, ISS and TPA team.
We thank Bwana Khamisi and his entire team for the preparedness to receive such numbers“
John Massawe - ISS Branch Manager – “Based on the excellent services offered by the port, we at Inchcape have the confidence to bring vessels with larger capacities which has never happened since I started working in shipping. Finalizing operations will give us a good picture on the capability of the newly built RORO berth and the future services we can offer.“