Cargo handled by Mombasa port up 9% January-September

The port of Mombasa handled 9% more cargo in the first 9 months of this year compared with the same period in 2018, due to expanded handling capacity and increased transit cargo, its operator said.

Mombasa handles imports and exports for Kenya and other countries including Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Burundi.

The port handled 25.45 million tonnes of cargo between January and September compared to 23.36 million tonnes registered during a similar period in 2018, an increase of 2.09 million tons.

Container traffic increased by 10.7% to 1.06 million Twenty feet equivalent units (TEUS) over the 9 month period while cargo destined for other countries was up 136.8% to 1.87 million tons from 791,257 tonnes realized during a similar period in 2018.

The port was expanded in 2012 which included construction of a new container terminal and dredging to allow bigger vessels access to the port.

The first phase of the expansion project partially-financed by Japan was inaugurated in 2016.

This new container terminal alone “handled 381,288 TEUs in the period January – September 2018/2019, which is equivalent to 36.0 percent of the total container traffic handled in the Port”, said Daniel Manduku, KPA managing director.

Kenya is also building a second port in Lamu, north of Mombasa, with a capacity of 23 million tonnes per year.

Source: Reuters