FOURTEEN vessels docked at the Mombasa
Port Container Termi-nals loaded and discharged cargo volume of
a total of 32,740 Twenty Feet Equivalent Units (TEUs) in the
week ended January 31st.
Containers discharged (full and empty)
from the ships for inbound domestic and transit markets
accounted for 15,531 TEUs while export containers registered
The vessels registered ship average
working time of 1.69 days (Period between first and last slings)
as import container dwell time recorded 3.92 days.
During the week under review in-bound
cargo increased by 3,771 TEUs or 32.06 percent compared to the
Similarly within the same period cargo
loaded onto the vessels went up from 14,813 TEUs to 17,209 TEUs,
an increase of 2,396 TEUs or 16.17 percent.
Containers delivered out of the port
by the road transport grew from11, 111 TEUs to 11,865 TEUs while
the rail transport also increased from 273 TEUs to 438 TEUs.
This is an indication that most
shippers still prefer road transport to move their cargo.
On the other hand the increase
witnessed in the rail transport is quite significant considering
that it has been recording less than 300 TEUs for a long time.
The trend shows that cargo haulage
from the port to Nairobi by train is expected to increase
considerably following the announcement of the reduced tariffs
for the Standard Gauge Railway cargo.
The Kenya Ports Authority has given a
rebate on tariffs in-order to promote the use of its Inland
Container Depot Nairobi by Nairobi and Transit clients who wish
to nominate its Nairobi depot as a point of cargo delivery.
The charges for handling of a local 20
foot is now 80 USD from 103 USD while a 40 footer container will
cost 120 USD instead of 157USD.
Transit bound container will now cost
60 USD for a 20 footer down from 90USD while a 40 footer will
cost 90 USD down from 125 USD.
Meanwhile the total container
population at the port decreased to 13,857 TEUs from 17,160 TEUs
registered in the previous week.
This new recorded container population
comprised 3,868 TEUs which were awaiting Pick-up Order
submissions by respective Customs Agents, 4,099TEUs imports were
ready to be collected and 1,255TEUs full exports
The others in the yards included 477
TEUs transhipment, 3,278 TEUs empties and 880 TEUs at the
Import population breakdown during the
week showed that containers bound for the domestic market
accounted for 3,658 TEUs while transit destined containers
The traditional transit market leader,
Uganda recorded 4,141 TEUs followed by Tanzania with 1,304 TEUs
and South Sudan with 250 TEUs.
Other transit destinations included
the Democratic Republic of Congo which accounted for 214 TEUs,
Somalia with 176 TEUs while Rwanda and Burundi registered 136
TEUs and 12 TEUs respectively.
Operations at the Conventional cargo
terminal reported 22 general cargo vessels docked at the berths,
discharged 231,187metric tonnes and loaded another 8812 metric
tonnes for export.
An average of 34,286metric tonnes were
handled per day with bulk wheat imports recording 95,937metric
tonnes to emerge the leading commodity.
Other cargoes included 45,830metric
tonnes of bulk clinker imports, 41,895metric tonnes of bulk
coal, 26,355metric tonnes of bulk fertilizer and 160 metric
tonnes of live cattle.
The terminal also handled 1479 units
of motorcars and 217 trucks.
Deliveries of general cargo by road
transport recorded 152,882metric tonnes while conveyor belt
delivered another 78,305metric tonnes.
In the meantime forecast for the next
two weeks shows that the Container Terminals are expected to
receive 14 vessels while the conventional cargo terminal is
expected to receive 19 ships.