MV Spero makes maiden call at the Port of Mombasa
Mombasa – Thursday, April 12, 2018
The Port of Mombasa got a major boost after one of the leading global shipping lines started operations at the Port.
Hapag-Lloyd which is a German based shipping company and the fifth largest container carrier in terms of vessel capacity commenced its services in the East African region with its vessel MV Spero making her maiden call at the Port of Mombasa on Thursday at 0400 hours.
General Manager Engineering Services Eng. Rashid Salim (L) presents a KPA plaque to MV Spero Majuro Captain James Kagaoan.
The vessel with a carrying capacity of 1770 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) offloaded a total of 154 TEUs at the Port before proceeding to the neighboring Port of Dar- es-Salaam in Tanzania.
With a scheduled weekly service of four vessels in total, with direct connections between Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Mombasa and Dar es Salaam, the shipping line has now joined the other five of the world's top 10 container shipping companies that dock at the Port of Mombasa. These other companies are; Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Company, CMA-CGM, China Ocean Shipping Company and Evergreen.
The container volumes carried by the line are expected to progressively increase over the next few months which will be a boom to the Port of Mombasa driving business growth in the largest Port in the East and Central African region.
The vessel MV Spero discharged 154 TEUs at the Port of Mombasa on her maiden call.
KPA's General Manager Engineering Services Eng. Rashid Salim was on site to receive the vessel on behalf of the Managing Director Mrs. Catherine Mturi-Wairi and presented a certificate of first call to the ship's Captain James Kagaoan.
"The increase in the number of shipping lines calling the Port is a manifestation of the confidence the global shipping and business community have in the Port of Mombasa," he said.
He further added that since the beginning of commercial freight services in January this year from the Port of Mombasa to the Inland Container Depot (ICD) Nairobi, the number of trains delivering cargo daily via SGR had increased from one to four with a total of 432 containers.
"We are on the fourth train of the SGR this month, hopefully in May we shall have five and by the end of June six trains. We are anticipating to operate twelve trains a day by the end of the year, "he said.
Speaking on behalf of the crew, Captain. James Kagaoan noted that it was an honor for his company to be serving the Port of Mombasa and East Africa, adding that they were keen on exceeding the region's expectations in the shipping industry.
Hapag – Lloyd offers a fleet with a capacity of 1.6 million TEU's, as well as a container stock of more than 2.3 million TEUs including one of the world's largest and most modern reefer container fleets.