Mombasa Port Hits And Misses Q1 (Quarter 1) 2020


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Apr 6, 2019
Mombasa port has fallen short of it's Q1 target for goods as covid 19 interrupted global supply chains. The port fell short of it's target by 489 metric tonnes.

During the period, the Port of Mombasa surpassed its transshipment target of 600 metric tonnes for the first four months by 6.8 percent which is attributed to increased number of shipping lines making direct call from Asia.

i) Cargo destined for Tanzania from Mombasa port increased 40.9% due to the Kenya-Tanzania link road through Voi-Taveta-Singida-Kobero. The link road and enhanced customs management systems at the Taveta one-stop border post (OSBP), which has reduced transport bottlenecks, appear to have attracted most of the northern Tanzania traders to use the Port of Mombasa.

ii) Mombasa port also surpassed its April target for cargo destined to South Sudan and DRC Congo by 35.8 percent and 20.8 percent respectively despite shipping industry grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic

iii) ship turn around time has been reduced by a further 50% to less than 24 hours.

Missing the target of cargo destined to Uganda by 1.9 percent has, however, contributed to the KPA slumping on its April target by 4.4 percent. They still expect to hit their annual Uganda target once the pandemic is over.

The latest shipping lines to dock are Mv Cosco Yinkou which marked her maiden call to the port under the new joint service dubbed Mashariki by two of the world’s largest shipping lines— Maersk and Cosco (China Ocean Shipping Company) — to increase its network connecting Asia to Eastern Africa.

During Mv Cosco Yinkou’s visit, KPA recorded best performance of discharging and loading the vessel at Second Container terminal since the beginning of the year reducing the ship’s turnaround time by more than a half.

The vessel sailed out of the port in less than 24 hours considering the highest number of moves made to load and offload containers within the four shifts. One of the cranes recorded 362 moves per crane shift, a record last witnessed in December 2019, registering the best performance since the beginning of the year when Covid-19 pandemic had just begun.

From Mombasa Maersk offers end-to-end transport solutions to customers based in Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan for both dry and refrigerated cargo.

Apart from MV Cosco, the port also registered increased number of ships connecting directly from Asia to Mombasa with more than 5,500 containers in the past three weeks.

ASEA and JEDDX shipping lines have also introduced direct trips and both have made their maiden trips to Mombasa since mid-May this year

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