HPC contributes to safe and efficient movement of people and goods accessing and traversing Lake Tanganyika in East Africa
In July / August 2018 the World Bank contracted HPC for two projects related to Lake Tanganyika, the longest lake in the world:
- Assessment of the potential of enhanced and privately operated ferry services and
- Feasibility study for the establishment of a Search and Rescue (SAR) service on the Lake
With the first study, HPC will assess the potential for the development and operation of regular passenger and cargo ferry services connecting the riparian countries Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zambia on routes currently not serviced or serviced infrequently. The study on frequent ferry services will evaluate the possibilities to move cargo off the road onto the inland waterway routes and potentially resulting transport efficiency gains.
With the SAR study, we will identify and evaluate cost-effective technical and institutional options for establishing a Search and Rescue (SAR) service on Lake Tanganyika. The proposed system consists of a communications network covering all trafficked areas on the Lake, Maritime Rescue Coordination Centers (MRCC) responsible for the coordination of all SAR activities and operations on the Lake as well as SAR facilities from which search and rescue activities will be performed.
Our multi-disciplinary, international team of experts will carry out both projects simultaneously in the forthcoming months. For the SAR project, HPC cooperates with the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF), also including Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (DGzRS, German Society for the Rescue of Shipwrecked), incorporating decades of proven hands-on subject-matter experience.