What about Tanga and Mtwara????. Richmod ilianza hivihivi na Emergency, punde si punde tutasikia tender imetoka The Tanzania Ports Authority has announced emergency plans to decongest Dar es Salaam Port, which it says is overwhelmed by containerised cargo and ships awaiting service. Dar es Salaam Port Manager Jason Rugaihuruza told reporters yesterday that the strategy of choice would aim at cutting the congestion to the barest minimum. He said TPA has set up six centres away from the port to serve as inland containers depots (ICDs), which eight private firms have been licensed to run as a way of providing ``capacity relief for the hard-pressed container terminal at the por``. Rugaihuruza explained that, under the emergency plans, customers whose containers would be moved to the centres would not be charged any transfer charges. He added: ``The Tanzania International Container Terminal Services (TICTS) will be responsible for shifting the containers to the centres. It can serve a total of 7,500 containers per day and, by February 29 this year, there were 10,144 containers lying at the port.`` The official revealed that TPA has formed a committee comprising key stakeholders he would not name, whose main task would be to create more avenues for serving containers at the port. ``TISCAN services will be moved to another location in order to create more space at the port for containers,`` he said. According to the official, TPA is also in the process of putting up of an additional container terminal and a multi-storey car park building. ``That will create more space for storing containers,`` he said, noting further that TICTS and other stakeholders have been directed to work around the clock in an effort to reduce the congestion. Rugaihuruza pointed out that TICTS has been ordered to ensure that more containers are moved into the Kurasini and Ubungo yards in Dar es Salaam, ``hence increasing the speed of loading, offloading and delivering containers``. He elaborated: ``The target is to have the number of days containers lie at the port cut from 24 to 10. Since the emergency plans got going, more than 1,000 containers have been offloaded and moved to Zanzibar and another 800 to ICDs.`` He said, thanks to the plans, the number of containers lying at the port had fallen from 11,000 to 8, 900. Dar es Salaam Port has for decades served as a crucial gateway for six neighbouring land-locked countries with a combined population of 166 million. However, it has in recent years become increasingly congested mainly as a result of poor infrastructure.