Bulk Clinker dominates conventional cargo imports at Mombasa Port

Mombasa – November 8, 2017

Bulk clinker imports recorded 68,434 metric tonnes equivalent to about a third of the total throughput at the Port of Mombasa's conventional cargo terminal in the week ended November 1st 2017.

 The terminal received 20 general cargo vessels which discharged 176,625 metric tonnes of imports and loaded 3,515 metric tonnes of export. Cargo handling performance at the terminal which largely specialises in non- containerised cargo registered 25,734 metric tonnes per day.


Discharging of bagged sugar at the Port of Mombasa.

 Other commodities handled in notably large quantities included bulk wheat that registered 34,141 metric tonnes, bulk maize 29,792 metric tonnes, bulk fertiliser 23,758 metric tonnes and other assorted general cargo  that registered 15,695. There were also 1037 units of motorcars and 400 trucks which were discharged by motor car carriers that went alongside. A total of 1,120 units were released direct to the Container Freight Stations, leaving a balance of 300 units while 15 others were transferred to the motorcar section.

 During the week under review, the container terminals received 12 vessels recording a ship average working time of 1.36     days as the container dwell time registered 4.12 days. The container vessels discharged 12,649 Twenty Feet Equivalent Units (TEUs), full and empty an increase of 788 TEUs compared to the previous week. The ships loaded another 8,206 TEUs for export, registering a decline of 4,311 TEUs.

 The Container Terminals reported a total yard population of 14,288 TEUs registering a slight decline of 150 TEUs compared to the previous week. The yards were holding 5,605 TEUs which were awaiting pickup order, 3,972TEUs ready for collection and 1,635 TEUs full exports (nominated/un-nominated). The others included 774 TEUs transhipments that had registered an increase of 326 TEUs from the previous week, 1,109 TEUs empties and 867 TEUs at the Customs warehouse. 823,487

The Container Freight Stations (CFS), received 823,487TEUs, delivered 819,863TEUs leaving a balance of 3,624 TEUs. The breakdown of the imports that landed at the port showed that local bound cargo recorded 2,482 TEUs registering a decline of 155 TEUs. Similarly transit bound cargo declined by 1,588 TEUs to record 4,157 TEUs. Leading the transit market segment was Uganda that accounted for 3,398 TEUs, followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo with 232 TEUs, Tanzania with 214 TEUs and Rwanda with 160 TEUs. Other transit market destinations included South Sudan which accounted for 139 TEUs while Somalia and Burundi registered 9 and 5 TEUS respectively.

Meanwhile forecast for the next 14 days shows that the Container Terminals are expected   to receive 10 container ships, to discharge 9,211TEUs and load 11,677TEUs. On the other section of the port, the conventional cargo terminal is   expected to receive 19 general cargo vessels that will   discharge 384379.8 metric tonnes and load 950metric tonnes.