Adequate yard capacity as container population declines

Mombasa – November 15, 2017

Total container yard population at the Port of Mombasa recorded   12,019 Twenty Feet Equivalent Units (TEUs), registering a decline of 2,269 TEUs or 15.88 percent in the week ended November 8th 2017.

 The downward trend was also witnessed on both local and transit bound imports which recorded 1,950 TEUs and 3,124 TEUs respectively. The previous week saw local bound imports register 2,482 TEUs while transit bound recorded 4,145 TEUS with Uganda maintaining the lead having recorded 2,481 TEUs.

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Adequate yard capacity 

Other transit destinations included Tanzania which accounted for 188 TEUs, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with 182 TEUs, Rwanda with 135 TEUs, South Sudan with 124 TEUs, Somalia and Burundi with 9 TEUs and 5 TEUs respectively.

 During the week under review, 10 container vessels went alongside the container terminals registering a ship average working time of 1.97 days while container dwell time recorded 5.49 days. The vessels discharged 6,736 TEUs, full and empty recording a decline of 5,913 TEUs compared to the previous week. Upon sailing out, the container ships loaded 9,708 TEUs for export.

 Deliveries of containers from the port by road transport registered 9,485 TEUs while the rail evacuated 170 TEUs. The breakdown for containers at the yards showed that 2,272 TEUs were awaiting pickup order, 2,068 TEUs were ready for collection and 1,434 TEUs were full exports (Nominated/un-nominated).Others included 715 TEUs transhipments, 4,668 empties and 862 TEUS at the Customs warehouse.

The Container Freight Stations (CFs) received 823,937 TEUs, delivered 820,317 TEUs leaving a balance of 3,620 TEUs. Consolbase CFS was the leading having received 179,523 TEUs followed by MCT with 141,393 TEUs and FOCUS with 124,271 TEUs.  The three combined were holding a balance of 1088 TEUs.

At the Conventional Cargo Terminal 18 vessels were worked during the week registering 175,819 metric tonnes at average of 25,117 metric tonnes per day. Imports handled recorded 172,869 metric tonnes while exports accounted for 2,950 metric tonnes. Deliveries by the road transport registered 124,425 metric tonnes while the conveyor belt recorded 48,444 metric tonnes.

Steel accounted for 45,458 metric tonnes to emerge the leading import commodity followed by bulk gypsum that registered 29,331 metric tonnes. Other commodities handled in large quantities included 25,440 metric tonnes of bulk wheat, 23,004 metric tonnes of bulk maize , 20,752 metric tonnes of bulk fertiliser and 18,040 metric tonnes of bulk clinker. A total of 1797 units of motor-vehicles and 259 trucks rolled off the car carriers that called in during the week.

Meanwhile forecast for the next two weeks shows that 20 general cargo ships are expected to go alongside the conventional cargo berths to discharge 344,028 metric tonnes and load 52,750 metric tonnes for export. The Container Terminals are expected to work 10 vessels that will   discharge 9,215 TEUs and load another 10,622 TEUs.