oa East African Geographical Review - Expansion of facilities at East African seaports

Volume 1967, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1937-6812



Port capacity, in as far as it determines a country's ability to engage in external trade, is often an indicator of the country's prosperity. This is particularly true of the new states of Africa. the bulk of whose trade is with overseas areas. In East Africa there exists a very wide variation in terms of capacity between the five ocean terminals of Mombasa, Tanga, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam and Mtwara. Mombasa is by far the best equipped of the group, and the extent of facilities at Dar es Salaam is much less (Table 1). Tanga and Zanzibar are equipped only as lighterage ports; and although Mtwara has an excellent natural harbour and a deep-water quay, the level of traffic handled there is very low.

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