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DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania -- Aerial views of Dar es Salaam Port during the day time. The Port of Dar es Salaam is the principal port serving Tanzania. The port is one of three ocean ports in the country and handles over 90 per cent of the country's cargo traffic. According to the International Association of Ports and Harbors, it is the fourth largest port on the African continent's Indian Ocean coastline after Durban, Mombasa and Maputo. WIKIPEDIA PHOTOS - PROF. CHEN HUALIN

Expanded Dar es Salaam port will handle larger cargo vessels

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The government of Tanzania said on Friday the expansion of the Dar es Salaam port by China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC) will enable it to handle large vessels ferrying up to 6,000 containers when the project will be completed.

Isack Kamelwe, the east African nation’s Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, told the visiting Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi that the port was currently handling ships with a capacity of ferrying between 3,000 and 4,000 containers.

"But after completion of the project, the port will have the capacity to handle vessels carrying more up to 6,000 containers," Kamelwe told the visiting DRC leader.

The minister said expansion of the port will not only benefit Tanzania but also its neighboring landlocked countries, including the DRC.

The project being undertaken at the port by China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd includes improving the port’s capacity by expansion of berths, he said.

"We are doing all in our capacity to improve the port’s efficiency," said Kamelwe.


Tanzania commends new DR Congo leader over efforts to restore peace

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli has praised newly elected leader of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for his efforts to restore peace in the vast central African country.

A statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House in the business capital Dar es Salaam on Thursday night said Magufuli assured DRC President Felix Tshisekedi of his government’s support toward finding lasting peace in the DRC.

The statement said Magufuli commended Tshisekedi during talks at State House held at the start of the DRC President’s two-day state visit to the east African nation.

President Magufuli commended his DRC counterpart for his efforts to reunite political rebels that have been fighting for a long time, said the statement.

Magufuli said political upheavals in neighboring DRC have resulted people to flee their country and seek asylum in western Tanzania.

"We have been providing shelter to tens of hundreds of Congolese refugees fleeing civil unrest in their country," said Magufuli, adding that Tanzania was the only country that had not withdrawn its peacekeeping mission from the DRC.

"Our peace keeping mission from the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces will remain in the DRC until when peace was restored," said Magufuli.

For his part, President Tshisekedi thanked Tanzania for its role toward the restoration of peace in his country.

He said African countries should embark on economic integration for the benefit of their people.

This could be achieved through the improvement of road infrastructure, energy and removal of trade barriers among the countries.



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