REMARKS BY THE MANAGING DIRECTOR- MRS. CATHERINE MTURI-WAIRI DURING THE KPA CORPORATE GOLF TOURNAMENT AT NYALI GOLF CLUB ON 11TH NOVEMBER 2017
- The Chairman Nyali Golf Club, Mr Thushara De Silva,
- KPA Board of Directors and management present,
- The Captain, - Mr Jon Stokes,
- Distinguished Golfers,
- Ladies and Gentlemen,
I welcome you all to this year's annual KPA Corporate Golf tournament - Mombasa chapter. karibuni sana.
From observation, you have for over a decade consistently responded to our invitations and I am pleased to learn that even the number of participants has been growing. I can only hope that this engagement will continue getting even better in the years to come.
By now you must all be appreciating that this is a very important yearly activity on our calendar hence the commitment and passion we attach to it. If my memory serves me right, the last time I addressed golfers I even expressed my intetion to practise regulary until I attain handicap zero!. It, however, appears like I will keep on shifting the goal posts until the club meets my irreducible minimums!
Ladies and Gentlemen, to quote the world's top Sports Psychologist Dr Bob Rotella, "Golf is about how well you accept, respond to, and score with your misses much more so than it is a game of your perfect shots." Like all other sports, the game requires patience and discipline. Equally, in business, we pay more attention to learning and understanding what compromises profit maximisation than to how much gains we make in a given business period. In that way we learn how to strenghthen our weaknesses and improve business prospects. Logically, therefore, this argument explains why the majority of golfers also have a business inclination.
That notwithstanding, it should also not be lost to us that KPA is no stranger to the world of sports. The Authority appreciates talent and that's why we continue registering exemplary performance in sporting activities like basketball, volleyball, football, swimming among other disciplines over the years. We are proud to note that this year our teams successfully defended the KECOSO title during the just concluded games held in Kisumu. Most importantly, our women's basketball team retained the FIBA Africa Zone V title and as we talk they are representing our country in Angola.
Although we have not formed a formidable team in golf, I am encouraged to see more members of staff & directors joining the game and just as we have dominated in other sporting activities I am sure we will soon produce " new Tigerwoods" .
Ladies and gentlemen,
Having agreed earlier that there is a link between golf and business, I bet this is equally a relevant forum to share how the Kenya Ports Authority has faired in business since the last time we had such a gathering. Undoubtedly, it has been one intensive year with two general elections in a row and as you know we cannot divorce politics from business. That nothwistanding, you have been with us through the challenges and we thank God that we have not so far witnessed any prolonged serious business disruptions.
Port performance 2016
In 2016, we handled a total of 27.36 million tons of cargo up from 26.73 million tons handled in 2015, realizing a favorable growth of 2.4 percent. In container traffic we experienced a growth rate of 1.4 percent registering 1.091 million TEUs compared to 1.076 million TEUs in 2015.
January 2017 – September 2017
In the first nine (9) months of the year 2017, the Port of Mombasa continued to witness a positive trend in performance compared to a similar period last year. Between January and September we handled 22.76 million tons up from 20.56 million tons registered in the corresponding period of 2016, reflecting an increase of 2,190,293 tons or 10.6 percent.
In Container traffic, we registered an increase of 83,376 TEUs or 10.4 percent, after registering 887,412 TEUs in 2017 against 804,036 TEUs recorded in the corresponding period last year.
Equally transhipment increased from 392,115 tons tons recorded in January to september 2016 compared to 622,920 tons handled in the corresponding period in 2017, reflecting an increase of 58.9 percent.
In the transit segment, the Port handled a total of 6.49 million tons between January and September 2017 against 5.98 million tons registered in the same period in 2016, representing a notable increase of 509,240 tons or 8.5 percent.
During the period January to September, 2017, the average turnaround time per ship for all vessels registered 2.9 days against 3.6 days in a similar period in 2016, a decline by 0.7 days representing an improvement in turnaround time.
The dwell time, however, for September 2017 was 4.5 days when compared with 3.7 days recorded in the same month in 2016, representing a decline in performance by 18.4 hours or 20.7 percent. On average the dwell time recorded from Jan – Sept 2017 was indicated as 3.9 days against 4.2 days in the same period of 2016.
Ladies and gentlemen,
In our continued effort to postion the Port of Mombasa as a worldclass sea ports of choice, we continue to put more effort in improving our infastructure and modernising our port services. These developments include:
- Operationalization of the 2nd Container Terminal which has increased Port's annual container handling capacity by 550,000 TEUs. We are set to start the construction of phase two which will give us an additional capacity of 450,000 TEUs.
- Advanced plans to build a modern and bigger oil terminal to replace the current Kipevu Oil Terminal. The new oil terminal will incorporate an LPG pipeline and have the capacity to handle four vessels at a time.
- Working closely with Trademark East Africa to construct a modern Cruise Terminal at Berth No. 1 and 2 aimed at complementing the Tourism sector.
- Working towards attaining acceptable standards of green practices through implementation of the green port policy.
- Ongoing construction of the first three berths at Lamu Port.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
With a sigh of relief, Let me conclude. For active golfers I know your day has been long. Nevertheless, you should know that the rest of us have also been waiting for you all day long to join us at hole 19 where every body is an expert! Before I take my seat, allow me to congratulate the winners and also all those of you who particiapated in the tournament.
To Nyali Golf Club, we thank you for always being a gracious host and I am confident that the participants also enjoyed your hospitality and appreciated the splendor of the fairways that you work so hard to maitain.
As a parting shot, allow me to leave with you this quote from Bobby Jones "Golf is the closet game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots;you get good breaks from bad shots- but you have to play the ball where it lies."
Let me say "enjoy", make friends and share ideas on the future development of our port. Thank you and God bless you all.