Uganda, Tanzania to revive Port Bell-Mwanza marine route


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Uganda, Tanzania to revive Port Bell-Mwanza marine route

November 16, 2017 Written by URN

The revival of a multi-modal transport route from Dar es Salaam port to Port Bell in Kampala through the use of trains and wagon ferry services was one of the behind the scenes discussions during Tanzania's president Dr John Pombe Magufuli's three-day visit to Uganda last week.

The meeting between the two presidents discussed modalities of implementing the memorandum of understanding on joint cooperation for improvement of ports, Lake Victoria inland waterways and railway transport services.

Tanzania and Uganda signed the joint cooperation agreement in mid-July this year with the two ministers agreeing Uganda to use of Dar es Salaam port as an alternative route to the sea through the central corridor.

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In their meeting at the State Lodge in Masaka last week, Museveni and Magufuli agreed on the way forward including financing and other requirements for the revival of marine transport services on Lake Victoria.

Tanzania agreed to build another railway ferry on Lake Victoria at a cost of Shs 50 billion. Uganda was tasked among others to improve Port Bell and the meter railway line from Port Bell to Kampala. The two presidents agreed that Uganda rehabilitates the 11km Kampala-Port Bell railway line so as to facilitate the transportation train wagons once the ship docks at Port Bell.

The meter gauge rail connecting to Port Bell and Jinja is currently dysfunctional, mainly due to encroachment and deteriorated infrastructure. Uganda Railways Corporation (URC) attempted to resolve the encroachment issues along the Port Bell line but met stiff resistance from encroachers. Tanzania Port Authority director general, Eng Deusdedith Kakoko in an interview said the plans can easily be put into action because some of what is required is in place.

"We already have ferries that can carry rail wagons. They can carry heavier loading than the rails on the ground. For example both rails, the Tanzania Railways Corporation and Uganda Railways Corporation if they use rail, they can carry 22 wagons under one trip and these will in the ferries...We have Umoja and Kaawa and then Pamba and we also want to revive Kabalega that was sunk in 2005", said Kakoko.

MV Kabalega was sunk after collision with MV Kaawa on May 8, 2005. Afterwards, traffic between Mwanza and Port Bell declined substantially. Currently, the Tanzania Marine Service Company Limited (MSCL), the marine division of Tanzania Railways Corporation operates the largest fleet.

It owns seven vessels with a combined deadweight carrying capacity of 1,420 tonnes and a passenger capacity of 2,140 passengers. Kakoko said Tanzania will add another ferry to be completed in two years' time.

"There is another new ship which the presidents that were talking about in Tanzania of about Tshs 25 billion - this is about 50 billion Ugandan shillings that is going to be made in one year. They were stressing the use of water to become efficient and cheaper", Kakoko said.

It is has been proven that water transport combined with Railway transport are the cheapest means of transporting cargo compared to road transport. The cost of rail inter-modelled with water is seventy percent the cost of the road.

Uganda and Tanzania are eager to increase trade between themselves after it emerged that despite the good relations, there is little trade going on between the two.


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Uganda, Tanzania to revive Port Bell-Mwanza marine route
 
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Port Bell welcomes Kenya, time waits for no King. Asante M7.
 
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Kweli,sababu South Port Mwanza pamepoza sana.
 
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Tanga to Musoma Railway is Dead
 
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Tanga to Musoma Railway is Dead
Itakuwa later kwa sasa ya Mwanza muhimu maana sections itaenda Kigoma, Rwanda na Burundi
 
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Naona saivi haiongelewi tanga to musoma imetulia kabisa
 
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Mna ship ngapi so far? Nimesoma 7 under Tanzanian name!
What happened to the notion that Tz was going to build the rail on Ugandan side using Tz taxpayer money? The article says otherwise ...

As Kenyans we are smiling right now, we welcome the challenge, our blood runs on competition, at least now you have given us something to beat, its rather lonely to be at the top for so long with no one to challenge.
Now that you are buying new boats, that will make our side of the lake exited , and please for all our sakes, tell your govt not to revive old ferries, tell them only new ones not even 2nd hand
 
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What happened to the notion that Tz was going to build the rail on Ugandan side using Tz taxpayer money? The article says otherwise ...

As Kenyans we are smiling right now, we welcome the challenge, our blood runs on competition, at least now you have given us something to beat, its rather lonely to be at the top for so long with no one to challenge.
Now that you are buying new boats, that will make our side of the lake exited , and please for all our sakes, tell your govt not to revive old ferries, tell them only new ones not even 2nd hand
The rail will come! What do u know about ships in Lakes? Idiot show us one wagons carriage that Kenya owns!
 
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What happened to the notion that Tz was going to build the rail on Ugandan side using Tz taxpayer money? The article says otherwise ...

As Kenyans we are smiling right now, we welcome the challenge, our blood runs on competition, at least now you have given us something to beat, its rather lonely to be at the top for so long with no one to challenge.
Now that you are buying new boats, that will make our side of the lake exited , and please for all our sakes, tell your govt not to revive old ferries, tell them only new ones not even 2nd hand
The rail will come! What do u know about ships in Lakes? Idiot show us one wagons carriage that Kenya owns!
 
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What happened to the notion that Tz was going to build the rail on Ugandan side using Tz taxpayer money? The article says otherwise ...

As Kenyans we are smiling right now, we welcome the challenge, our blood runs on competition, at least now you have given us something to beat, its rather lonely to be at the top for so long with no one to challenge.
Now that you are buying new boats, that will make our side of the lake exited , and please for all our sakes, tell your govt not to revive old ferries, tell them only new ones not even 2nd hand
Very funny, BTW does Kenya still own part of the Lake Victoria?
 

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