Zanzibar Port Corporation (ZPC)


Latitude 6 degrees 10' south, Longitude 39 degrees 11' east

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There are five ports in Zanzibar and Pemba Islands. Zanzibar Port Corporation (ZPC) is a public entity, which has full autonomy for operation and development of ports. Zanzibar is located in the Indian Ocean, about 22 miles off the coast of mainland Tanzania.

Malindi port was built in 1925 as a modest lighter port. The wharves of the main seaport were constructed in 1989-1991 with financial assistance from the European Union. The Port handles more than 90% of Zanzibar trade. Malindi port is in a poor state in terms of infrastructure (quays, container stacking yard etc) as well as very limited operational area and storage facilities

Several assessments of Malindi port condition were made between 1995 and 2001. However, no repair works has been done resulting in further deterioration of the wharves. The main port wharf has deteriorated to the extent that it can no longer be repaired.

The challenge is to have efficient ports that ensure safe operation of cargo and passengers; adequate space for container handling and storage, adequate cargo handling gear and berth space to accommodate traffic and separation between cargo and passenger terminals.

Frequent ferries make the crossing between the port of Dar-es-Salaam, on the Tanzanian mainland, and Zanzibar. The fastest journey time is around 75 minutes on the hydrofoils operated by Sea Express; the slowest is the overnight trip made by the Flying Horse passenger ship.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Zanzibar Ports Corporation have also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly design a development plan for a section of the old port area. Redevelopment of this historic gateway to the Stone Town is expected to protect and preserve the urban fabric as it enhances the area’s value as a vibrant public space.

Mr Mustapha Aboud Jumbe, Director General
Zanzibar Ports Corporation
Tel: +255 24 223 2017
Fax: +255 24 223 2859
P.O.Box 263, Zanzibar

Mr Ahmed Sheikh Alwy, Director General
Zanzibar Freeport Authority (ZFPA)
Tel: +255 24 233 7353/6
Fax: +255 24 233 7355
P.O.Box 187, Zanzibar

Zanzibar Port Information

October 2004


The European Union (EU) signed an agreement worth € 31 million with the Ministry of Finance on Friday 22 October 2004. The purpose of the agreement is to provide the funding for the rehabilitation of the Zanzibar port which for many years was experiencing deterioration and damage.

Under the financing agreement, the rehabilitation project will undertake to provide a safe, efficient and sustainable port which will contribute towards the reintegration of the islands and the country into the international trade network. The Malindi Port, located on Unguja Island, is the main gateway for cargo to and from the islands. It was first rehabilitated and expanded in 1989 - 1992 by the EU with financing from the European Development Fund (EDF). However, considerable damage to the port due to technical faults in the wharves' structures have hampered operations forcing part of the port to close down.

Under the new project, reconstruction of the West and North Wharves of the Malindi Port, with a total quay length of 382 meters will be completed. In addition, The EU contribution will cover technical assistance and supervision services. The Government of Tanzania will contribute € 1 million which will go towards the cost of ancillary works comprising the demolition of the unsafe structures, improvements to the container yard and to the shore-based passenger ferry facilities. A training component for technical and maintenance staff of the Zanzibar Ports Corporation has also been added. The completion date for the rehabilitation programme is scheduled for December 2008.

Acting Head of Mission of the Tanzanian Delegation of the EU, Anthony Knott said
"The Malindi port of Zanzibar is in a critical condition necessitating urgent intervention. Being the main gateway for cargo to the island, it is of utmost importance for supplies as well as for the shipping of export cargo. The economic development of Zanzibar depends directly on the efficiency of the port. We will ensure that construction works undertaken by the project are of the highest professional standards."

The financing agreement is in line with Article 1 of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries and EU Partnership Agreement signed in Cotonou June 2000. It is also consistent with the objectives laid out by the EU - Tanzania Country Strategy Paper which underlines the need to support the government's National Transport Policy to improve access to local, regional and international markets and services.

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