July 29, 2021
Maersk Line and CMA CGM, two of the world’s largest container shipping liners, are redesigning their network to serve both the new Lamu port of Kenya and the traditional port of Mombasa.
Maersk is targeting the Mombasa to Felixstowe and Rotterdam ports, by providing a single transshipment product via Salalah, in Yemen.
CMA CGM in July 2021 signed a memorandum of partnership with the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and Bandari Maritime Academy and will increase its fleet to serve Mombasa and Lamu Port and also offer sea time training to BMA learners.
KPA acting Managing Director Mr. John Mwangemi said “the dream of spearheading transshipment business has now become a reality at this port,” adding “We are privileged to have the Port of Lamu as a second commercial port to complement the Port of Mombasa primarily targeting transshipment business in the region. This Port is strategically located at the middle of major shipping routes with the deep-water harbour on the East Coast of Africa, thus in no doubt a premier transshipment hub for all cargo destined for the continent.”
The port of Mombasa has surpassed its forecasted target by 0.5 percent. In the period of January to June 2021, it handled 18.333 million tonnes in cargo throughput against 16.394 million tonnes in the corresponding period in 2020 representing a notable growth of 11.8 percent.