Busy Port of Mombasa receives 37 vessels 

Mombasa – October 4, 2017

The Port of Mombasa received a total of 37 vessels that discharged and loaded containerised and loose cargo in the week ended September 27th 2017.

Alongside the busy container terminal berths went 12 vessels recording ship average working time of 1.86            days as container dwell time registered 4.11 days. The Conventional cargo terminal berthed 25 general cargo ships and handled 261,485 metric tonnes of cargo at an average of 37,355 metric tonnes per day.


KPA tug boats Nyangumi II, escorting an oil tanker after discharging its contents  through the Kilindini channel (File photo). 

An on the spot check  revealed that vessels at the Container Terminals discharged 13,367 Twenty Feet Equivalent Units (TEUs), full and empty recording an increase of 3, 174 TEUs or 31.13 percent compared to the previous week. The same ships loaded 12,397 TEUs for export, registering an increase of 1,041 TEUs or 9.2 percent compared to the previous week

During the week under review, the total container yard population registered a total of 16,748 TEUs. This comprised 3,808 TEUs awaiting pickup order, 4,732 TEUS ready for collection and 1,243 TEUs full exports (Nominated/Un-nominated).Others included 1,209 transhipments 4,888 TEUs empties and 868 TEUS at the Customs Warehouse.

Deliveries of containers from the port by road transport registered 11,141 TEUs while the rail transport lifted 260 TEUs only. The Container Freight Stations (CFS) received 820,768 TEUs, delivered 817,270 TEUs leaving a balance of 3,498 TEUs. Import population breakdown showed that, during the week the port had 5,579 TEUs transit bound and another 3,591 TEUs for local destinations.

Containers destined for Uganda which is the traditional leading port customer in the transit market accounted for 4,541 TEUs or 81.4 percent. Northern Tanzania bound containers registered 308 TEUs to claim the second position followed by South Sudan with 235 TEUs, the Democratic Republic of Congo with 211 TEUS and Rwanda with 210 TEUs. Other destinations included Somalia and Burundi which recorded 52 TEUs and 14 TEUs respectively.

At the Conventional cargo Terminal, 79,218 metric tonnes of bulk wheat was discharged direct via the grain bulk handling facility. Other cargoes handled at this terminal  included the loading of 53,001 metric tonnes of bulk illuminate, offloading of  36,828 metric tonnes of bulk clinker , 25,160 metric tonnes of bulk sugar, 19,408 metric tonnes of bulk fertilizer, 11,434 metric tonnes of bulk maize and 8,490 metric tonnes of bulk coal. The Cargo terminal also handled motor car carriers that discharged 999 units of motor-vehicles and 522 trucks.

Meanwhile in the next two weeks, the Conventional cargo terminal is expected to handle 519,357metric tonnes of imports and 1,035metric tonnes of exports. The Container Terminals are expected to discharge 8,840TEUs and load 9,260 TEUs