The Shipping Corporation was established under the Act N0.3 of 2013 and its acronym “SHIPCO” . This Company owned by the Zanzibar government under the Ministry of Infrastructure and Communication. The purpose of this Company is to serve Sea transportation services of the people and the goods between two Islands Unguja & Pemba , Tanzania Mainland, and the other neighboring countries and also to provide the Agency services for all the foreign going  Vessels calling at Zanzibar Ports. SHIPCO head quarter located at Malindi opposite to Zanzibar Ports Corporation Ferry Terminal. The corporation has two Branches  i,e Dar es Salaam Branch located at baggage room area, and Pemba Branch located at Mkoani Pemba with sub branches at Chake Chake and Wete Pemba.

During 50 years ago shipco was operated  6 ships i.e MV. Mapinduzi,  MV. Maendeleo.   M.T Ukombozi, M.V Jamhuri, MV.Afrika and MT.Uhuru.

Now, SHIPCO has  a Fleet of two vessels to operate, i,e MV. Maendeleo and MT. Ukombozi.

MV.Maendeleo, is a passenger -cum- cargo vessel and has a capacity of carrying 600 passengers and  697M.Tons of  cargo at a time. MT.Ukombozi is a Tanker vessel carrying white petroleum product with a capacity of carrying 1,200MT of cargo.