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LAMU (Kenya Ports Authority) -- Ongoing construction of the first three berths at Lamu Port. Lamu Port construction records 30 per cent overall completion progress since its inception. PHOTO - KENYA PORT AUTHORITY

Kenya Ports Authority report major progress at Lamu port project

MOMBASA (Kenya Ports Authority) -- The construction involves reclamation of the sea which will place the berths more than 700 meters into the Indian Ocean, with the first three berths stretching 1.2 kilometers wide with a width of 750 meters.

Kenya Ports Authority projects that the first berth will be operational by June 2018 while the other two will be ready by December 2020.

The contractor, China Construction Communication Company (CCCC) , is also dredging the quayside and deepening the berth to 17.5 meters to enable the Port to handle post-panamax ships.

The course way is more or less completed since dredging works are moving in harnessing at high speed and reclamation activities for building of the cargo stacking yard are proceeding very welL.

The dredging begun on 15th October 2016 and is currently ongoing.

Other major developments at the Port site include the following preliminary facilities:

LAPSSET Plaza (Port Headquarters), Port Police station, Electric Power connection to the national grid, and water supply to the Port.

Staff Housing for management and security is still under construction with an estimated completion rate of 55 per cent.

The Government allocated LAPSSET ShlO billion in the current financial year, 2017/18 on top of what had been allocated, which is a similar amount in the last financial year.

The main aim of this project is to cut over-dependence on Kenya’s main Port of Mombasa as well as open Kenya’s largely under-developed northern frontier, through the creation of a second transport corridor.

It will also open up trade between Kenya and its northern neighbours of South Sudan and Ethiopia.

Demand for port services in East Africa is also on the rise and Lamu port is expected to outstrip capacity in Kenya by 2022.

The Authority is currently in the process of procuring the services of a Transaction Adviser to package the Lamu Port for Investments.

Furthermore, the Government plans to concession the first three berths to a Private Operator by 2018.

The remaining 29 berths will also be concessioned to the Private Sector for both construction and operation.

Lamu Port Project: One of the flagship infrastructure projects identified by the Government in Kenya Vision 2030 is the development of a new transport corridor linking a new and modern Port of Lamu with Garissa, Isiolo, Maralal, Lodwar and Lokichogio and branching at Isiolo to Moyale at the border with Ethiopia and proceeding to the border with Southern Sudan.

The corridor to comprise of

• Standard gauge railway line

• Road network

• Oil pipeline ( Crude and product)

• Oil refinery ( Isiolo/ Lamu)

• International Airports (Lamu, Isiolo and Lokichogio)

• Port at Lamu (Manda Bay).

• Resort cities (Lamu, Isiolo and Lake Turkana)

Project Description: The proposed port site at Manda bayat 40o 55’ East and 2o 11’ South was selected because it has deep and sheltered bay and a wide navigable entrance channel.

Hydraulic and geotechnical surveys have confirmed that the area is suitable for port construction.

The 10Km shore length has the capacity to accommodate up to Twenty Three (23) berths.

This development will include the long term physical planning of Lamu Metropolis area to demarcate sections which will accommodate complimentary cargo handling facilities such as railway terminal, godowns, container freight stations, tank farms, refinery, lorry terminals and also the social facilities for migrant workers.

Associated infrastructures required will be the connection of Lamu to the main electricity grid from Hindi, increase of portable water supply within the region and upgrading of access roads.

Project Benefits: The facilities at Lamu port once complete will lead to creation of substantial job opportunities that covers not only direct jobs related to the Port operation but also indirect jobs of all fields (Agriculture, fishery, manufacturing, logistics, transport, trade, commerce, etc.)

The port is expected to attract larger cargo ships if run efficiently will also provide direct benefits within the region by passing on savings derived from lower marine costs due to faster ship turnaround time and at the same timeof reducing the cost of doing business

The new access and links with neighboring countries created by the LAPSSET corridor will foster regional economic development and growth through trade facilitation.

This will in turn lead to further creation of substantial job opportunities and increased income in the area of value addition especially on processing of agricultural products and cash-crop exports.

The alternative destinations created by development of Resort Cities in Lamu, Isiolo and Turkana are expected to increase international tourist arrivals and push up the foreign exchange earnings.

The opening of the Northern part of Kenya will not only pave way for exploiting the existing natural resources like oil and coal, but will also encourage the exploration of new finds.

It is expected that the port of Lamu would attract some of the cargo which would traditionally pass through the ports of Sudan, Djibouti and Mombasa.

The traffic forecast for this corridor predicts that in that inclusive of demand from both South Sudan and Ethiopia, the Lamu traffic is expected to reach 23.9 million tons by 2030.

             

 

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