Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) is a body corporate established by the Ports Act. No. 17 of 2004 to replace Tanzania Harbours Authority (THA) which was earlier established by the THA Act of 1977 for seaports, the major ones being Dar es Salaam, Tanga and Mtwara. Among other changes brought by this law, TPA roles were extended to include inland waterways ports on the lakes Victoria, Tanganyika and Kyela.

Currently, the Authority performs the role of both a Landlord and Operator with the main objective of promoting effective management and operations of sea and inland waterways ports, provision of services in relation to loading and unloading of cargo and passenger services, developing, promoting and managing port infrastructure and superstructure, maintaining port safety and security.

One of the functions of TPA (Section 12 {1} [k] is “the promotion of training, research and development in the fields of marine and port services and facilities in collaboration with universities and other educational institutions for the promotion of technical and operations education and training in the fields of marine and port related services and facilities”.

Tanzania Harbours Authority (Now Tanzania Ports Authority) was established following the break-up of the then East Africa Community. Prior to the break-up in the year 1977, port training activities were being undertaken in Tanzania and Kenya. While the School in Tanzania offered training for cargo operations targeting Clerks (courses such as Clerical checker ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C)’ and Equipment Operations and Maintenance course, the Kipevu Training School at the port of Mombasa provided courses for operations supervisors.

Following the collapse of the Community, Bandari College (Dar es Salaam) was established in 1980 to serve the needs of Tanzania seaports. It continued to offer training in the field of Operational Clerks, Equipment Operators and went further to conduct courses such as Operations Supervisory courses. The BC also provided Vocational Education Training in Engineering. Records show that the BC used to offer short courses especially the ones related to Port Productivity improvement and induction to new employees. It is estimated that over 95% of the workforce in the port and maritime sub-sector were trained at the College.

Following the enactment of the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE’s Act No. 9 of 1997), the BC made a major shift of focus and thus developed and started implementing Certificate and Diploma courses under NACTE. In other words, port productivity improvement and Vocational Education Training (VET) courses have been abandoned. While the BC conducts courses that are relevant to the port and maritime sub-sector (Shipping and Port Management; and Engineering Maintenance Management); it started offering general courses off the core business such as “Diploma in Marketing and Public Relations”.

The current focus of the College now is to become an Institution that provide services in line with the new vision and mission as described below.

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