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Maritime trade and Africa

Demographic growth and regional integration can nurture Africa’s maritime trade if shipping, ports and hinterland access are boosted Africa’s minimal integration in world trade is reflected in the contours of its maritime sector yet this portends an enormous opportunity for the world’s youngest and second-most populous continent. Seaborne trade Africa relies heavily on ships and…Read More

October 4th, 2018  |  Published in news

Port development: Container port planning faces increasing challenges

Larger vessel sizes and fewer, longer ship calls put increasing pressure on container terminals. Plans for future developments must address slowing growth and be flexible enough to accommodate a variety of scenarios The most competitive box ports of the future will be those that accommodate developments in container shipping effectively, while successfully adapting to developments…Read More

October 3rd, 2018  |  Published in news

Mombasa: Double-stack freight trains launched to boost efficiency

Evacuation of cargo from the Port of Mombasa is set to improve following the launch of double-stack wagons on the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line. The first double-stack train moved cargo from Mombasa to Nairobi’s Inland Container Depot (ICD) on 30 September 2018. “The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) is proud to announce the commencement of…Read More

October 1st, 2018  |  Published in news

Kenya: New charter outlines key port reforms

A team spearheading a charter signed in 2014 to enhance cargo clearance at the Port of Mombasa has submitted its reviewed report to the government. The Mombasa Port Corridor Charter report was presented during last week’s validation workshop in Mombasa, an event attended by Maritime Principal Secretary Nancy Karigithu. The Charter Steering Committee chairperson Gilbert…Read More

August 28th, 2018  |  Published in news

Scholars to meet in Mombasa to discuss maritime stakes

Maritime economists will meet in Mombasa for an annual conference. Some 130 research papers are expected to be presented in the forthcoming 26th International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) conference to be held next month. The event brings together researchers and other professionals from all over the world. The academics will discuss current research topics…Read More

August 15th, 2018  |  Published in news

Mauritius Ports Authority awards RINA a consultancy contract

Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) awarded RINA, through international competition, a contract to provide consultancy services for Vessel Traffic System (VTS). In particular, this assignment aims to propose the most appropriate VTS for Port Louis Harbour in compliance with international standards and best practices, and taking into consideration the latest technologies available on the market and…Read More

August 14th, 2018  |  Published in news

Tanzania’s new Bagamoyo Port to expand region’s handling capacity

With a growing middle class, a combined population of over 153 million people, steadily growing trade and real GDP growth averaging 6.6 per cent annually, the East African frontier is strapping itself to take off economically. Over the years, governments and development partners have invested heavily in regional infrastructures to anchor trade in the region,…Read More

August 14th, 2018  |  Published in news

Mombasa port intends to handle two million containers

The port of Mombasa has outlined plans to handle two million containers annually by 2022. Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director Daniel Manduku said the organisation is also amending its Act to enable the adoption of the Land Port Model and have several ports. Dr Manduku told participants during the Vision 2030 delivery board stakeholders meeting…Read More

August 14th, 2018  |  Published in news

Kenya: Improving port infrastructure critical to national development

The port of Mombasa is the gateway to East Africa and its performance revs up or stifles the expansion of the economies of Kenya and its neighbours. Despite the inefficiencies often reported about its operations — from congestion to slowness by Kenya Ports Authority and other agencies supposed to facilitate movement of cargo — its…Read More

August 9th, 2018  |  Published in news

Ports and Maritime Stakeholders in Kenya launch Maritime Awards

An initiative of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) in collaboration with other stakeholders, the East Africa Maritime Awards (EAMA) aims to promote excellence in service delivery, appreciate exceptional contribution to the industry and economy, encourage innovation and improve industry performance. EAMA is envisioned to be an annual event with the inaugural awards gala night scheduled…Read More

July 18th, 2018  |  Published in news