Tanzania: International Ships Decry Tanzania’s Delayed Ratification of Imo Laws

Dar es Salam – Tanzania’s delayed ratification of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) laws has affected shipping business of international vessels flying the country’s flag.

Director General of Zanzibar Maritime Authority (ZMA) Abdalla Hussein Kombo told the ‘Daily News’ here yesterday that Tanzania has not ratified several international sea transport legislations as per IMO guidelines.

“We have complaints from ship operators whom we have licensed… it takes too long to approve the laws due to bureaucracy, a problem that hampers maritime operations, including entry to seaports around the globe as Tanzania’s flag flying vessels are not free,” Mr Kombo said.

ZMA is the only Tanzanian institute that registers and issues operational licences for international ships. It has issued licences to over 400 domestic and international sea vessels flying the Tanzanian flag.

But, a legislator, Hamza Hassan Juma, charged in the Zanzibar House of Representatives last week that many shipping businesses have been affected due to the delays in ratifying the laws and that some international ships have threatened to deregister should the problem persist.

Source: Angola Press News Agency