CCTTFA sponsors 10 students from member countries to study Maritime in Dar

Students posed for a group photo after a meeting between DMI, CCTTFA and student to evaluate the programme in Dar es Salaam in January 19, 2018.

The Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency (CCTTFA) is proud to be sponsoring 10 students from Central Corridor five-member countries to study maritime courses at the Dar es Salaam Maritime Institute (DMI) in order to bridge the gap of lack of experts in maritime transport and logistics.

Two students from each member country (Burundi, DR Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) started their 3-year programme in February 2017. After completion they will be awarded with professional recognition of Officers of Navigation Watch.

The sponsorship is within capacity building framework to the stakeholders. The nomination of students was done by member countries through Ministries of Transport.

CCTTFA Executive Secretary Capt. Dukundane shakes hand with DMI Deputy Principal Dr. Eliamin Kassembe during one of the programme evaluation meeting in Dar es Salaam in January 19, 2018.

According to CCTTFA Executive Secretary Capt. Dieudonne Dukundane the maritime capacity building programme was conceived due to the fact that, with exception of Tanzania, other member countries do not have qualified maritime experts.

“With new Standard Gauge Railways under construction, we expect more cargo to move through the Lakes (Tanganyika and Victoria). We need to be prepared with experts who can steer ships and managers who can manage maritime programmes in member states;” said Capt. Dukundane.

It is likely that more students will be recruited in the future if more funding will be obtained.

DRC student after reporting in Mwanza for Seatime Training in 2017

During their studies the students started with basic safety training courses which was followed by intensive practical training on board ships. Six students from Burundi, Tanzania and Rwanda who attended their training along the Indian Ocean, are currently undergoing their rating at DMI.

Four Students from DRC and Uganda are still undergoing their training in Mwanza along Lake Victoria.

Ugandan students with Senior Navigation Officer after reporting in Mwanza for Seatime training in 2017