Rise in transshipment traffic raises Mombasa East Africa gateway profile

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Rise in transshipment traffic raises Mombasa East Africa gateway profile
  • Mombasa port handled a transshipment (goods destined for other ports) traffic of 211,204 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) in 2019 compared to 121,577 the previous year.
  • The increase reflects the gains from the ongoing expansion of infrastructure at the port of Mombasa and ICD in Nairobi.
  • Besides expanding the port of Mombasa, Kenya is also constructing a second major gateway in Lamu, North of Mombasa.
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Transshipment container traffic at the port of Mombasa jumped 74 per cent in 2019, buoyed by a strong performance in the second-half of the year, raising Kenya’s hope of consolidating its grip as the preferred gateway to the region.

Data by the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) shows that the Mombasa port handled a transshipment (goods destined for other ports) traffic of 211,204 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) in 2019 compared to 121,577 the previous year.

This pushed the share of transshipment in the overall port throughput to 7.2 per cent in 2019 compared to four per cent in 2018 and representing an increase in volume of 1.25 million tonnes. “In the transshipment segment, our dream to become a regional transshipment hub is taking shape” KPA acting managing director, Rashid Salim said.

The increase reflects the gains from the ongoing expansion of infrastructure at the port of Mombasa as well as the Internal Container Depot (ICD) in Nairobi.

Despite the potential in the region, KPA had over the years restricted the volume of transit cargo to avoid congestion due to limited handling and storage capacities at the port of Mombasa. KPA statistics show transshipment traffic had for several years remained at less than one per cent of the total cargo containers handled at the port.

Mombasa port recently underwent expansion works that included construction of a new container terminal and dredging to enable bigger vessels access the facility. The first phase of the expansion project partially-financed by Japan was inaugurated in 2016.

The second phase is currently 40 per cent complete and entails construction of berth 22 with a capacity of 450,000 TEUs — providing much needed capacity amid projection of a demand of two million TEUs over the next five years.

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“In tandem with the projected demand, the port capacity to handle containers is therefore expected to grow from the current 1.85 million TEUs to 2.75 million TEUs” Mr Salim said.

Expansion of the Mombasa port is crucial to serving landlocked countries including Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, especially to handle increased importation of commodities like steel. The facility had been losing market share to neighbouring Dar es Salaam port due to congestion.

In 2019, the Mombasa port’s overall throughput rose to 34.44 million tonnes in 2019, up from 30.92 million the previous year, marking a growth of 11.4 per cent. Total transit throughput also posted a growth of 3.6 per cent to 9.95 million tonnes in 2019 with Uganda maintaining its dominance in this segment, controlling 23.6 per cent of the total port throughput and 81.8 per cent of the total transit traffic.

The performance was supported by improved efficiency and speedy evacuation of cargo on the standard gauge railway(SGR) to the ICD in Nairobi.

Data by KPA showed that in 2019, the ICD in Nairobi handled 418,830 TEUs, representing a 62.4 per cent growth compared to 257,972 in 2018. In the same period, 4,225 trains were handled at the ICD, consisting of 2,668 import trains and 1,587 export ones.

“The SGR operations have greatly helped in driving cargo uptake, decongesting the port of Mombasa, reducing transit times for freight transportation and enhancing security of transit cargo,” KPA said.

Latest data by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) shows that the volume of goods hauled by trains on the SGR remained stable in the first half of the year, boosting earnings despite economic disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

About 1.98 million tonnes of cargo was carried on the SGR between January and June, a slight decline from the 2.20 million tonnes moved in a similar period of 2019.

Earnings from cargo services on the SGR were steady in the six months to June, hitting Sh5.53million compared to the Sh5.63 million netted in a similar period of last year.

Most of the cargo, 1.05 million tonnes, was moved between April and June — coinciding with a strong demand for medical supplies and food grain after the government imposed a lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Besides expanding the port of Mombasa, Kenya is also constructing a second major gateway in Lamu, North of Mombasa, with a capacity of 23 million tonnes per year.

“The first berth at the Port of Lamu is complete and ready for commissioning, while the construction of the other two berths is progressing well at 76 per cent and expected to be operational by the end of 2020,” Mr Salim said.

The country’s second commercial port will be dredged to a depth of 17.5 metres to handle larger vessels and provide an alternative transport corridor in the country for shipping lines.

The construction of the Sh300 billion Lamu port as part of the larger Lamu Port South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport project is expected to help open up transport around the Lamu archipelago.

The project entails construction of a new sea port at Manda as well as SGR lines from Lamu to South Sudan with branches to Nairobi and Ethiopia from a hub in Isiolo.

It will entail the construction of a highway from Lamu to Isiolo with an extension to Nadapal/Nakodok in South Sudan and another link to Addis Ababa through Moyale.

The KPA is also expanding a minor harbour in Shimoni to cater for rising coastal trade volumes with destinations such Pemba Island and Zanzibar.

The port is primed to serve as an industrial fishing facility.

Shimoni with a current capacity of about 10,000 tonnes is the largest harbour of all coastal small ports including Funzi, Kilifi, Kiunga, Lamu, Malindi, Mtwapa and Vanga.

The current facility in Shimoni was originally a fisheries jetty built by the government and acts as the only port used for community transportation including tourism, fishing and trade.

The government is further building the new Kipevu Oil Terminal to cater for bulk handling of liquid products.

The new facility is designed to accommodate larger vessels of about 200,000 Dead Weight Tonnage and will also be equipped to handle liquefied petroleum gas.
 

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Can't wait to see the economical impact when both Lamu and Mombasa Ports are synchronized!.

Teh! Unajua ni kwanini KPA, KRC na KPC zimeunganishwa na kuwa chini ya shirika moja hodhi la serikali chini ya Bwana Ngumi? Yes, Ngumi aliefanya madudu KPC.
 

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Mombasa port current capacity is 1.85 million teus after recent expansion works, and it will have a capacity of 2.78 million teus once berth 22 is completed.

I knew mombasa port is huge but I did not know it was that huge. This brings mombasa port capacity close to port of durban which handles 2.95 million teus.

This also makes Mombasa port larger than all the ports in Tanzania and maputo combined.

I have also read an article that the port of durban does not want to lose the crown of the largest port in sub saharan africa, so from 2021 they are planning a 1.4 million teus expansion of the port of durban. The comparison given was of the port of mombasa which is the biggest competitor to the port of durban in sub saharan africa and growing at an annual rate of between 8%-10%.
 

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Mombasa port current capacity is 1.85 million teus after recent expansion works, and it will have a capacity of 2.78 million teus once berth 22 is completed.
I knew mombasa port is huge but I did not know it was that huge. This brings mombasa port capacity close to port of durban which handles 2.95 million teus.
This also makes Mombasa port larger than all the ports in Tanzania and maputo combined.

I have also read an article that the port of durban does not want to lose the crown of the largest port in sub saharan africa, so from 2021 they are planning a 1.4 million teus expansion of the port of durban. The comparison given was of the port of mombasa which is the biggest competitor to the port of durban in sub saharan africa and growing at an annual rate of between 8%-10%.

So competition in SSA has now been reduced to the two bulldogs, Durban vs Mombasa, the other puppies needs to cheer.
 

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So competition in SSA has now been reduced to the two bulldogs, Durban vs Mombasa, the other puppies needs to cheer.
They(Tanzanians) always say they have more neighbors yet port of durban serves countries like zimbabwe, namibia,lesotho and botswana even as far as Angola. Zambia is served majorly by the port in mozambique and not Dar. Their only hope is burundi since rwanda has started coming back to Mombasa after their relationship with Uganda started to get better.
Mombasa port also serves countries as far as central africa republic. Given that maersk and cosco have made mombasa their hub in east and central africa it means more transhipment business for mombasa port.
Mombasa port , Kenyan sgr and the northern corridor roads have also been picked as a key equatorial bridge by AU(African union) connecting the indian ocean to the atlantic ocean.
Also mombasa port and the sgr, have been picked as the main facilities for china's belt and road initiative to connect northern,western, eastern and southern africa.
 

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They(Tanzanians) always say they have more neighbors yet port of durban serves countries like zimbabwe, namibia,lesotho and botswana even as far as Angola. Zambia is served majorly by the port in mozambique and not Dar. Their only hope is burundi since rwanda has started coming back to Mombasa after their relationship with Uganda started to get better.
Mombasa port also serves countries as far as central africa republic. Given that maersk and cosco have made mombasa their hub in east and central africa it means more transhipment business for mombasa port.
Mombasa port , Kenyan sgr and the northern corridor roads have also been picked as a key equatorial bridge by AU(African union) connecting the indian ocean to the atlantic ocean.
Also mombasa port and the sgr, have been picked as the main facilities for china's belt and road initiative to connect northern,western, eastern and southern africa.
Unaongea utopolo, Mozambique ipi unaongelea?

Zaidi ya 80% ya mzigo wote wa Mombasa unaishia Kenya, take this to the nearest bank
 

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Unaongea utopolo, Mozambique ipi unaongelea?

Zaidi ya 80% ya mzigo wote wa Mombasa unaishia Kenya, take this to the nearest bank
Boss najua unaumia sana nyinyi transhipment cargo yenyu ni container mbili za kuenda burundi take that to the bank. Alafu mombasa port sahii ni mara mbili ya port zenu nne zikiunganishwa.
Yani hata mizigo ya kuja dar mpaka ipitie mombasa.Yani meli itoke ulaya ije mombasa mizigo ipakiwe kwa meli ndogo ndiyo hiyo mizigo ikuje dar.
 

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Mombasa port has always been the largest port in EAC. WHY would bots open hundreds of threads here directly comparing or by innuendo to Dar? Unless of course there are deep insecurities of the rapidly growing and modernising Dar port.
Mombasa by the way is about to be grabbed by China unless anyone releases the contracts which Kenyatta is hiding in his mothers wadrobe
 

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Mombasa port has always been the largest port in EAC. WHY would bots open hundreds of threads here directly comparing or by innuendo to Dar? Unless of course there are deep insecurities of the rapidly growing and modernising Dar port.
Mombasa by the way is about to be grabbed by China unless anyone releases the contracts which Kenyatta is hiding in his mothers wadrobe
i) Again you are being driven by derangement not facts. Mombasa port has never been part of the sgr contract and also the sgr loan installments are always paid on time, so your argument that it belongs to the chinese has no basis or supporting facts.

ii) You have been among the people singing how Dar will outpace mombasa port, but time always proves you are wrong and deranged i.e. Mombasa will always and forever be the port of entry into east and central africa no matter what delusions you hold.

iii) Kenya is now the only significant logistics hub in sub saharan africa after south africa and Mombasa port is now inching closer to durban.

iv) Take this to the bank, no matter how low you subsidize port charges, Mombasa will always and forever rule over Dar and Tanzania will always play second fiddle to Kenya. You can scream, shout, roll on the floor but this fact will remain forever true.

Advice: Wake up and smell the coffee Kenya is decades ahead of Tanzania in everything, your hatred for Kenya does not change the fact. Keep quoting sensational media headlines while we work.
 

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i) Again you are being driven by derangement not facts. Mombasa port has never been part of the sgr contract and also the sgr loan installments are always paid on time, so your argument that it belongs to the chinese has no basis or supporting facts.

ii) You have been among the people singing how Dar will outpace mombasa port, but time always proves you are wrong and deranged i.e. Mombasa will always and forever be the port of entry into east and central africa no matter what delusions you hold.

iii) Kenya is now the only significant logistics hub in sub saharan africa after south africa and Mombasa port is now inching closer to durban.

iv) Take this to the bank, no matter how low you subsidize port charges, Mombasa will always and forever rule over Dar and Tanzania will always play second fiddle to Kenya. You can scream, shout, roll on the floor but this fact will remain forever true.

Advice: Wake up and smell the coffee Kenya is decades ahead of Tanzania in everything, your hatred for Kenya does not change the fact. Keep quoting sensational media headlines while we work.

Kwanini KRC, KPA na KPC zimeunganishwa pamoja chini ya shirika la kiserikali? Hiyo ni kukuza biashara au kuongeza urasimu?

Nani alikuwa guarantor wa SGR?
 

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i) Again you are being driven by derangement not facts. Mombasa port has never been part of the sgr contract and also the sgr loan installments are always paid on time, so your argument that it belongs to the chinese has no basis or supporting facts.

ii) You have been among the people singing how Dar will outpace mombasa port, but time always proves you are wrong and deranged i.e. Mombasa will always and forever be the port of entry into east and central africa no matter what delusions you hold.

iii) Kenya is now the only significant logistics hub in sub saharan africa after south africa and Mombasa port is now inching closer to durban.

iv) Take this to the bank, no matter how low you subsidize port charges, Mombasa will always and forever rule over Dar and Tanzania will always play second fiddle to Kenya. You can scream, shout, roll on the floor but this fact will remain forever true.

Advice: Wake up and smell the coffee Kenya is decades ahead of Tanzania in everything, your hatred for Kenya does not change the fact. Keep quoting sensational media headlines while we work.
Table the evidence.Long stories aren't helpful..Your fellow citizens in Mombasa won the case for the Document to be released,Gok continues to disobey court orders
 

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Kwanini KRC, KPA na KPC zimeunganishwa pamoja chini ya shirika la kiserikali? Hiyo ni kukuza biashara au kuongeza urasimu?

Nani alikuwa guarantor wa SGR?
Watanzania na udaku za kike munapenda sana. Hii hapa facts.

i) KPC, KPA na KRC are being put under ICDC to streamline projections and make sure they all work to make Kenya the logistics hub of Africa not east and central africa alone i.e. efficiency.
ii) Guarantor of the sgr is GOK not KPA.
China Was Never Going to Seize the Port of Mombasa if Kenya Defaulted on its SGR Debts

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Kevin85ify

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Table the evidence.Long stories aren't helpful..Your fellow citizens in Mombasa won the case for the Document to be released,Gok continues to disobey court orders
HAHAHA, you have not produced any evidence for your bold, false and deranged claims. Mombasa port is not part of sgr contract, you rely too much on rumors compounded by your derangement.

Okay hear it from the chinese now.

China Was Never Going to Seize the Port of Mombasa if Kenya Defaulted on its SGR Debts

Advice: seek help for your derangement. Kenya has never defaulted on the sgr loan and mombasa port is not collateral for the sgr loan.
 

Mkikuyu- Akili timamu

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HAHAHA, you have not produced any evidence for your bold, false and deranged claims. Mombasa port is not part of sgr contract, you rely too much on rumors compounded by your derangement.

Okay here it form the chinese now.

China Was Never Going to Seize the Port of Mombasa if Kenya Defaulted on its SGR Debts
Tell your employer Kenyatta to stop constipating on The release of the document, isnt kenya a democracy? why are court orders being disobeyed? what is being hidden? Kenyans are past the Moi era when you had to parrot the Gok position.
Table the evidence or forever hold your silence
 

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Watanzania na udaku za kike munapenda sana. Hii hapa facts.

i) KPC, KPA na KRC are being put under ICDC to streamline projections and make sure they all work to make Kenya the logistics hub of Africa not east and central africa alone i.e. efficiency.
ii) Guarantor of the sgr is GOK not KPA.
China Was Never Going to Seize the Port of Mombasa if Kenya Defaulted on its SGR Debts

.

Hahaha udaku? Thats the fact kijana..

Sasa kuziunganisha pamoja ndio kuleta efficiency au kuongeza bureaucracy? Adding up more parastatal ni kupunguza spidi ya utendaji na kuchelewesha operesheni za kiutendaji maana hakuna uhuru wa mashirika haya kujiendesha. Halafu umeona hiyo shirika kapewa Mr. Ngumi ambae alileta uozo na ufisadi wa kutisha KPC unadhani ataiweza hiyo ICDC?

KPA ndio guarantor wa SGR, that's the fact na ndio conditions za mikopo mikubwa ya miundombinu ya China ilivyo. Mmeshindwa lipa hivyo mmemuongezea KRC na KPC aendeshe halafu nyie mpate commission through ICDC.
 

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Tell your employer Kenyatta to stop constipating on The release of the document, isnt kenya a democracy? why are court orders being disobeyed? what is being hidden? Kenyans are past the Moi era when you had to parrot the Gok position.
Table the evidence or forever hold your silence
Document za bagamoyo ziko wapi zaidi jiwe kuwalisha matangopori jukwaani tu
 

Mkikuyu- Akili timamu

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Document za bagamoyo ziko wapi zaidi jiwe kuwalisha matangopori jukwaani tu
Why are you comparing Kenya with Tz? You pride yourselves as a "western democracy" Tz is a socialist country like china, or is it true that kenya is now rapidly sliding into dictatorship? Even Moi had no audacity to disobey court orders
 

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Why are you comparing Kenya with Tz? You pride yourselves as a "western democracy" Tz is a socialist country like china, or is it true that kenya is now rapidly sliding into dictatorship? Even Moi had no audacity to disobey court orders
Naona unazunguka sana, weka documents za bagamoyo hapa..
 

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