About Dar es Salaam Maritime Gateway Program (DMGP)

Project Background

The DMGP is a partnership effort between the Government of Tanzania, the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), other public and private stakeholders, and a coalition of development partners including the Trade-Mark East Africa (TMEA), the United Kingdom Department for Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO), and the World Bank (WB) through the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)

Project Objective

The main objective of the DMGP is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Port of Dar es Salaam for the benefit of public and private stakeholders and supporting the economic development of Tanzania and the land-linked countries. This program will increase the capacity of the Port to handle bigger (Post Panamax) vessels.

Dar es Salaam Port

The Dar es Salaam Port (DSM Port) is a multi-purpose port which had eleven berths and two jetties (KOJ 1&KOJ 2) prior to DMGP project. Following implementation of the DMGP, the port now has twelve (12) deeper berths. The port of Dar es Salaam is the country’s principal port that handles over 90% of country’s import and export volumes and is the gateway for international trades for Tanzania and to the countries of Malawi, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda.

The port includes the following facilities for handling of cargo:

  • General cargo Terminal: Berths 0-4: break bulk, RoRo and dry bulk
  • Container Terminals: Berths 5-7 and Berths 8-11
  • Kurasini Oil Jetty: liquid bulk
  • The Single Point Mooring (SPM)
  • Passenger terminals: to Zanzibar and other destinations.

When the Dar es Salaam Maritime Gateway Program (DMGP) is completed, it will increase the capacity of the DSM Port from 16 million tones handled before the project to 28 million by the year 2027. The ultimate goal of the DMGP is therefore to transform the Dar es Salaam Port into a World Class port with optimized efficiency.