Tanzania’s government has signed a $154m contract on Saturday with state-run China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) to expand the main port in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.
Tanzania is looking to give Mombasa to the north a run for its money in terms of becoming an East African maritime hub.
A new roro terminal will be built while seven existing berths will be deepened and enlarged.
“Deepening and strengthening of the berths will allow big container ships to dock in Dar es Salaam.
All these efforts are being done in order to increase competitiveness of the port,” works, transport and communications minister Makame Mbarawa said at the signing of the contract with CHEC over the weekend.
In January the World Bank agreed to hand Tanzania a $305m loan to expand Dar es Salaam port.