Port of Mombasa poised to surpass annual performance target

Mombasa – September 20, 2019

Nairobi based journalists joined their colleagues in Mombasa for a tour at the Port of Mombasa to witness the progress of the ongoing construction of the second phase of the Second Container Terminal.

KPA Managing Director Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku announced to the journalists that on Monday the Port of Mombasa crossed the one Million TEUs mark meaning that by the end of the year it will surpass the target of 1.3 Million TEUs.

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KPA Managing Director Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku flanked by General Manager Corporate Services Mr. Edward Kamau addressing journalists during their tour at the Port of Mombasa.

"Normally in the maritime sector the one Million TEUs is very high threshold and I am happy to note that almost four months before the close of the year we have attained it. Going by our daily handling of between 3500 TEUs and 4000 TEUs simple arithmetic tells us that we might even surpass 1.4 million TEUs," said Dr. Manduku.

The MD told the journalists that phase one of the Second Container Terminal increased the Port's annual capacity by 550,000 TEUs and upon completion of the second phase it will give the Port an additional capacity of 450,000 TEUs giving it a total capacity of one Million TEUs.

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Journalists getting updates from the KPA Managing Director Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku at the Second Container Terminal.

He expressed satisfaction with the performance at the Nairobi Inland Container Depot saying it has continued to record high efficiency levels.

"A year ago the cargo dwell time at the container depot was 23 days. Today I am happy to note that 80 percent of all cargo is leaving the Inland Container Depot within four days and our average dwell time has gone down to below six days. This is because of the efforts by both Government agencies and private sector in ensuring that we make business smooth and efficient."

The journalists were also briefed on the progress of the ongoing construction of the second commercial Port in Lamu and the recently constructed Kisumu Port which will act as a regional hub.

In terms of cargo evacuation from the Port of Mombasa to the Inland Container Depot Nairobi by the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), Dr. Manduku said currently there's an average of 8 to 10 trains each carrying 108 containers daily.