Six-lane Mombasa Nairobi Highway bidding to
Nairobi - September 21,2016
The government has
announced plans to partner with the private sector to build a six highway lane
from Mombasa to Nairobi are at an advanced stage.
Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban
Development Cabinet Secretary Mr James Macharia said that project would present
a bankable project and that private sector players will be invited to express
interest in the mega project.
Speaking at a Nairobi hotel during the
Nairobi Business Stakeholders luncheon hosted by the Kenya Ports Authority
(KPA), the CS said the six highway lane and the ongoing construction of the
Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) will link the capital city Nairobi with Mombasa
city and the Port of Mombasa, will ease traffic flow and shorten the time taken
for cargo to reach Nairobi and the region.
Currently, the two cities are linked by a two
lane highway leading to frequent traffic snarl ups caused by cargo trucks,
especially at weigh bridges like Mlolongo.
Mr. Macharia said the construction of the six
highway lane was part of the government’s initiatives of expanding the road
infrastructure throughout the country to complement the upgrading of the
railway line to SGR and the expansion of the Port of Mombasa and Lamu Port.
“The port cannot be seen in isolation – it
should be seen as an integral part of infrastructure development,” said the
He added that to improve access to the Second
Container Terminal at the Port of Mombasa and to avoid the congestion at
Changamwe area, a new road was being built from Port Reitz to the Second
Container Terminal. “The road is a 10.5 km dual carriageway and is expected to
be completed by 18th May, 2018 at a cost of Kshs 11 Billion,” he
Macharia outlined the need to build special
economic zones and inland container terminals to take advantage of the new
efficiencies that will be generated by the port expansion. “The government will
develop SEZ in Mombasa and Naivasha and we would like to urge politicians to
support this development as it will create jobs on the back of the
infrastructural linkages created by the SGR and the road expansions” He added.
Transport Principal Secretary Mr Irungu Nyakera who was also present, urged the
business stakeholders to be cognizant of the need to change their business models
to match the country’s dynamic growth.
Addressing the same meeting, the Managing
Director Mrs Catherine Wairi highlighted to the stakeholders KPA’s key
achievements, the major one being the completion and eventual commissioning of
the first phase of the Second Container Terminal.
“The new Container Terminal which is
operational, is capable of handling fourth generation vessels of 6000 Twenty
Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) capacity and we look forward to the positive
impact this will have on your businesses and regional economies,” she said.
The Managing Director announced that the
construction of the second phase would commence in June next year following the
recent approval by the National Assembly of a loan of Kshs 27.3 Billion from
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for that purpose.
Besides the progress made on the Second
Container Terminal, she said KPA also had other ongoing projects such as: The
relocation of the Kipevu Oil Terminal, Dongo Kundu Special Economic Zones,
construction of the first three Berths for Lamu Port and the modernisation and
expansion of the Nairobi Inland Container Depot (ICD).
The Kipevu Oil Terminal (KOT), she explained
would be relocated to a more suitable location to allow for expansion. The
project will involve the decommissioning of the existing KOT and the
construction of an off-shore jetty near Dongo Kundu.
“Upon completion, the new terminal will have
the capacity to berth four ships of up to 100,000 tons at once in contrast to
the current maximum of one vessel of not more than 80,000 tons at a time,” she
On port performance, Mrs Wairi reported that
the year 2015 the port registered a total throughput of 26.732 million tons up
from 24.875 million tons handled in 2014 while container traffic had a growth
of 6.3 percent registering 1,076,118 TEUs compared to 1,012,002 TEus handled in
The first six months of this year, she noted
had witnessed an overall positive performance compared to a similar period last
“Accordingly, total cargo throughput
registered a growth of 1.4 percent having handled 13.406 million tons up from
13.218 million tons handled in 2015.”
Container traffic on the other hand
registered a slight drop rate of 0.6 percent registering 527,523 TEUs compared
to 530,608 TEUs registered during the same period in 2015.
At the same time the KPA managing director
regretted that the performance of transshipment traffic dropped to 260,444 tons
of cargo in the first half of 2016 against 287,952 tons recorded in the
corresponding period in 2015.
Consequently, a multi-agency taskforce was
formed to look into ways of revamping transshipment traffic through the Port of
Mombasa, she added noting “the taskforce has developed an action plan on the
activities to be undertaken to recapture this market niche. We expect to see a
positive trend by the close of this year.”
Ship turnaround time at the Port she noted
had steadily improved from 3.7 days in 2015 to 3.0 days in 2016 while container
dwell time had also improved from 5.3 days to 4.3 days in the same period.
On his part KPA Board Chairman Major (Rtd)
Marsden Madoka expressed the board’s commitment in supporting the management to
achieve improved service delivery standards for the port not only to become the
top in Africa but also match leading ports globally.
“The port is the beginning and end of a
logistic chain. It is therefore critical that the port is efficient in its role
of facilitating modal interchange. This requires that all parties with interest
act efficiently and in harmony to facilitate delivery of cargo in the most cost
effective manner,” said Madoka.
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