Mombasa port records increased cargo traffic

Improved efficiency at the Port of Mombasa is attributed to the construction of the second Container Terminal, improved handling services and faster transfer of cargo on the standard gauge railway to Nairobi.

The Kenya Port Authority Managing Director Mr Daniel Manduku said yard congestion has reduced enabling better operations and planning.

“Our performance was boosted by unprecedented growth in both transit and transshipment business due to the provision of adequate yard space particularly after the construction of the Second Container Terminal and investment in cargo handling facilities,” Mr Manduku said while addressing the media during a tour of the port to assess operations.

The port handled 1.425 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (teus) in 2019 representing a 7.3 per cent growth over the previous year.

On transshipment, the port registered 197,272 teus from 105,333 teus registered in the same period in 2018, representing a growth of 87.3 per cent. This year’s projections are put at over 200,000 teus.

Mr Manduku said evacuation of cargo through the Standard Gauge Railway to the Inland Container Depot in Nairobi has significantly reduced port congestion and they now expect to dispatch more than 10 trains daily pulling 108 wagons starting this January due to increased cargo traffic.