Regional Maritime Security: Tanzania
Over the summer months Allmode Security Services will issue ‘Security Reports’ covering the regions of Southeast Asia and Africa. The purpose of these reports are to aid vessels and their crews with up to date information that will help them build better knowledge of an area and thus improve their situational awareness.
Situational Awareness (SA) is all about having the information you need to make effective decisions. There will always be occasions when people are required to make critical choices – sometimes at a fast pace – and the vast majority of errors that can occur are as a direct result of failure in situational awareness.
For the majority of vessels and crew visiting Southeast Asia, it will be a very familiar sight, however for some it may be their first time and often, as with many locations across the globe, looks can be deceiving and can lull people into a false sense of security.
Intelligence is more than information and news gathering. It is the process by which information is collated, verified, analysed and used to respond effectively to time critical information. Current, historical and creditable intelligence not only tells you what the risks are but projects possible hot spots of criminal activity.
At Allmode we do not outsource intelligence but gain real time situational awareness and speed of reporting by continually developing our product, and getting the time critical information out to our teams and clients. These reports will look into areas such as crime, corruption and political issues within certain areas and offer advice on how to stay safe and in some cases advice on areas to avoid. It will also offer advice on any relevant health advisories to be aware of and travel information for those wishing to travel and tour certain areas or regions.
Below are exerpts from the full report.
Violent and armed crime is increasing in Tanzania. Mugging, bag snatching and robbery have increased throughout the country. Crime is common in large population centres, such as Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Mwanza and Stone Town.
Street crime prevails in urban areas. Most snatch-and-grab incidents involve people carrying bags, backpacks, attaches, computer cases, cameras or pocketbooks. These crimes are committed by unarmed assailants, who usually operate in small groups where only one person may take part in a mugging. If you resist, however, additional members may appear with a knife, machete or in rare incidents, with a firearm.
Vehicular bag snatchings are quite common and dangerous. There are very few pavements and pedestrians walk on the street. Attackers drive near a victim, a passenger grabs a bag and drags the victim down the street until the strap snaps. The injuries vary from minor road rash to extensive injuries, including broken bones. There has been at least one case when a foreign visitor was killed in such an incident.
Walk as far away from the road as possible. If you have to walk along the road, walk towards the traffic and keep your bag facing away from the road.
Try not to display your valuables and jewellery. Avoid carrying bags, particularly the ones with shoulder straps. If you are threatened, it is better to give up your bag and end the situation as quickly as possible.
Never walk, run or bike after dark or you may become a victim of thieves.
There is a threat from terrorism in Tanzania. In 2013 and 2014, Tanzania has experienced numerous small attacks in Arusha, Mwanza and Stone Town, Zanzibar. Therefore, travellers should be extremely vigilant and avoid large crowds, public gatherings or demonstrations.
Be cautious in public places, such as transport hubs, hotels, restaurants and bars
Dar es Salaam Port
Dar es Salaam Port is Tanzania’s main port with a rated capacity of 4.1 million (dwt) dry cargo and 6.0 million (dwt) bulk liquid cargo. Its total quay length is about 2,000 metres with eleven deep-water berths. Dar es Salaam Port handles around 95% of the Tanzania international trade. It provides services for such countries as Malawi, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda. The port serves as a freight linkage to and from East and Central Africa countries as well as to middle and Far East, Europe, Australia and America.
Dar es Salaam Port offers the following marine crafts:
- six Berthing Tugs
- sixteen Lighter Towing Tugs
- four Lighters
- two Labour Launches
- two Pilot Boats
- two Patrol Boats
- thirteen Mooring Boats.
The intrinsic capacity of the Port is:
- General Cargo – 3.1 million tonnes
- Container – 1.0 million tonnes
- Liquid Bulk – 6.0 million tonnes
Yachts should anchor in the inner harbour flying the Q flag and wait for Customs, Immigration and Port Health officials. Port officials usually work 07:00 AM-05:00 PM. Then, it is possible to anchor off the Dar es Salaam Yacht Club in Msasani Bay, six miles north of the main harbour.
For more information read the full report here.