Govt to start building ships on three great lakes soon


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Tanzania will soon start building three new ships in the country’s fresh water lakes of Victoria, Tanganyika and Nyasa.

Transport deputy minister Charles Tizeba revealing this in Dodoma yesterday said that ships building process is to start before the end of this year and is expected to end by 2018.

He said the idea is meant to boost marine transport in the country, taking into account that most of the vessels which are in operation are old.

The deputy minister also revealed that Tanzania in collaboration with Denmark has started rehabilitating ships plying in the three Africa’s biggest lakes to improve marine transport safety.

Tizeba said: “It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that safety of people in all means of transport is taken as first priorities as well as ensuring that there are reasonable transport costs that will speed-up socio-economic development.”

He asserted that the government has owned transport facilities in air, marine and surface (railway).

He stated that Tanzania has teamed up with China in forming the China-Tanzania joint shipping company (SINOTASHIP) in an effort to address challenges facing international marine transport.

He further admitted that there are still hitches in providing reliable transport to Tanzanians especially for the government-owned transport facilities, mostly attributed by limited capital and poor management.

“But, we are working hard to solve some of the challenges facing the sector including inviting private sector to chip-in and invest in the sector,” he said.

The minister revealed that every year, the government allocates reasonable amount of money to rehabilitate marine vessels as a short term measure.

Tizeba said that the German government will assist in rehabilitating MV Liemba, one of the oldest ships in the world.

MV Liemba provides transport services in Lake Tanganyika.
He also explained that the government will foot the ATCL debts and improve the national flag carrier to improve air transport services.

The minister was responding to aquestion by Faida Mohamed Bakar (Special Seats, CUF) who had wanted to know the reason for the government’s failure to assure safety in marine transport facilities.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
 
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Opportunity for us hassling around! Temesa might be in a position to know a lot better about the projects.
 

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