Boats from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar suspended as tropical cyclone approaches

Water transport and other maritime activities in Tanzania’s coastal areas have been suspended as Tropical Cyclone Hidaya is expected to have an impact.

Ships operating from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar have suspended services due to adverse weather conditions.

Mwananchi Digital visited the ferry area in Dar es Salaam and witnessed the return of passengers after the authorities announced the postponement of these trips.

The Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) has warned since Thursday, May 2, 2024, about the proximity of Cyclone Hidaya, which is approaching the coast of the Indian Ocean, advising against maritime activities, including travel from mainland Tanzania to the islands.

Similarly, the Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronic Services Agency (Temesa) has issued a notice to ferry users in certain areas of the Mtwara, Lindi and Coast regions, including Mafia Island, the Dar es Salaam and Tanga, informing them of the suspension of ferry services in those areas to protect against possible impacts from Cyclone Hidaya and ensure the safety of ferry users.

Temesa stated that it continues to monitor weather updates provided by the Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) to ensure the safety of all passengers using the ferry services.

“Temesa apologizes to all passengers for the inconvenience caused by the challenges posed by the presence of the cyclone and reminds them that they must follow the instructions of the boat captains at all times to stay safe,” reads part of the release.

Temesa mentioned that on May 3, 2024, ferry services were suspended due to strong winds at sea, and today and the next few days they will remain suspended until further notice from the Meteorological Authority.

One of the ferries that suspended its services is MV. Kilindoni, who was scheduled to leave Mafia for Nyamisati at 7pm last night, did not leave due to strong winds. We will wait until sea conditions improve and the authorities declare otherwise.

According to the latest updates from TMA, Cyclone Hidaya continues to move towards the coast of Tanzania. Currently, some parts of the country are experiencing strong winds and rain. The cyclone is expected to weaken on May 6.