The Energy Minister, Medard Kalemani has ordered the owners of fuel stations in the Northern zone (Tanga, Arusha, Moshi, and Manyara) to start procuring bulk petroleum from Tanga Port instead of Dar es Salaam Port.
The minister further directed the Northern Zone manager of the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) to write to owners of fuel stations in the mentioned region to abide to his directive. Minister Kalemani was speaking during the two-day tour of the Northern region where he alleged that the proprietors of the fuel stations were using the port of Dar es Salaam as a leeway for hiking fuel prices.
The Minister noted, as he made an impromptu to some of the fuel stations, that it meant no sense procuring fuel from Dar es Salaam when Tanga Port was just a stone`s throw away. He challenged the owners to start purchasing fuel from Dar es Salaam to ease customers` burden of high fuel cost, and summoned the regulator to immediately start circulating his directive so the owners can heed the call.
Uganda operators similarly showed interest in using the Tanga Port as they projected to save between 30 and 45 per cent per consignment than if they used the Mombasa Port during their attempt to find the logistic cost and efficiency of the port. This was during a tour to the port by Ugandan oil and gas stakeholders delegation in November, 2018 where they received first hand information on efficiency of the port based on cost effectiveness, suitable environment, cargo handling as among the factors which influenced their decision.
In 2018, a feasibility study for dredging Tanga Port to increase its depth from the current 3.5 meters to 15 meters was finalized. The expansion of the port was necessitated by the growth in cargo traffic which had surpassed its capacity of 750,000 tonnes to 860,000 tonnes in 2015/2016. Dredging is to increase the port depth to prepare for the growth of cargo estimated at over 1 million tonnes in 2018 due to expanding business through industrialization.