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 double-stacked trains from the Port of Mombasa to the ICD Nairobi,” said KPA Managing Director Mr. Daniel Manduku. Currently, each of the eight SGR (Standard Gauge Rail) freight trains transports 108 containers from Mombasa to Nairobi.

Reports by KPA indicate that container off-take from the port to the ICD has registered significant growth, recording 5,121 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in the week ending September 19.

The Kenya Railway Corporation (KR) said the double-stack train that left Mombasa was on a pilot run. “This will double the capacity of cargo evacuated from Mombasa to the ICD. We plan to have two double-stack trains by Wednesday,” said KR Commercial Manager Julius Siele. “If the off-take of containers at the ICD improves, we will launch more,” he added.