Tanzania has closed its offshore anchoring slots for tankers believed to be misusing the facility for dubious sale of oil on the high seas.
Tanzania has closed its offshore anchoring slots for tankers believed to be misusing the facility for dubious sale of oil on the high seas. Tankers that do not abide by new conditions of using the Dar es Salaam port"s outer anchorage slots will be fined $10,000 per day. The conditions, which have been put forward to shipping agents and importers, include submission of cargo manifest, Customs cargo release order and payment of port charges.
Already, the Tanzania Ports Authority has informed all shipping agents and oil importers of the closure.
Franklin Mziray, corporate communications manager of TPA, told The EastAfrican in Dar es Salaam last week that documented arrived tankers are allowed to transit at Dar port outer anchorage but will be restricted from falsely discharging oil.
Mr Mziray however said no tanker will be allowed to anchor there unless she is ready in all respects to discharge and/or load cargo.
According to Mr Mziray, the technical closure of the outer anchorage was provoked by unscrupulous tankers which are allegedly doing a two-pronged business ? on the high seas as well as at authorised ports along the East African coast and beyond.
?Tankers must be in a queue at the outer anchorage waiting for their turn to be called to discharge at the designated facility in the harbour, instead of abandoning the queue whenever one calls them on the high seas,? Mr Mziray said.
The Dar port handles six million tonnes of oil per year. Doing parallel business.
Tankers have been accused of, besides getting orders from local importers, doing a parallel business in the high seas, confusing the queue at the outer anchorage for those waiting to offload at the designated Kurasini Oil Jetty.
Shipping agents have however blamed flow meters and unplanned ship arrivals and departures at the jetty for the closure.