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Photo taken on April 9, 2020 shows the Dar es Salaam Port undergoing upgrading of port berths 1 to 7 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. /Xinhua

Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam Port receives largest container ship ever

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On Saturday, June 22, Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam Port welcomed its largest container ship ever, marking a new era for the port.

The MSC ADU V, measuring 294.12 meters in length and carrying 4,000 containers, docked at the port, according to local media outlet The Citizen.

The port’s acting manager, Abeid Gallus, credited it to recent port improvements. The port’s depth was increased from 8 meters to 14.5 meters, allowing larger vessels to dock.

The manager told The Citizen that berthing bigger ships would increase cargo volume and reduce transportation costs for containers. Gallus also noted that they plan on expediting the unloading and loading process at the port.

Previously, the largest ship to dock at the port measured 267 meters and carried 3,500 containers.

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