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Upsurge of imports reinforces Mombasa’s ‘port of choice’ status

Discussion in 'Kenyan News and Politics' started by Mwembetayari, Apr 9, 2012.

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    Mwembetayari JF-Expert Member

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    The Port of Mombasa has experienced an unprecedented upsurge of motor vehicle imports.

    According to a statement issued by Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), theport handled a record 4,264 cars in 11 days.
    This was after seven large dedicated car carriers docked at various conventional cargo berths discharging new and re-conditioned vehicles from different countries of origin.

    "The vessels including one of the largest car carriers ever to call at the port — the towering MV B Ladybug — were up to the Easter eve part of the eye-catching formation of unusual designs of vessels working at the Port," KPA said in the statement.

    A total of 1,288 units were destined for Uganda, the biggest user of the port — accounting for over 85 per cent transit traffic.

    Upsurge in importation

    The second largest lot, 1,039 cars, was destined for use in the country. Tanzania was third with 198 units. South Sudan had 109 units, while Rwanda, Burundi & Somalia accounted for only 3 units each.

    "Available statistics from our Conventional Cargo Department shows that there is an upsurge in car importation in the region," added KPA.

    In January, 4,691 cars rolled off ship ramps at the port compared to 3,753 units in January last year.

    Equally, the port handled 5,690 units in February, compared to 5,063 in February last year. And in March, a record 11,195 units landed at the port compared to 8,594 units in March last year.

    The upsurge underpins the positive performance of the regional economies and shows the growing popularity of the Mombasa port, especially given the ongoing capacity expansion and other port modernisation programmes.

    Coming cargoes

    In the next two weeks, the port expects to handle 8,212 metric tonnes of grains, 18,700 metric tonnes of fertiliser, 138,348 metric tonnes of bulk liquid and 137,220 metric tonnes of other cargoes.

    Meanwhile, MSC Roberta, the largest container vessel to call at Mombasa was expected to go alongside the container terminal on Sunday afternoon.
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    livefire JF-Expert Member

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    talk of efficiency, KPA are really upgrading....the port in the past few months was like a construction site.