MOMBASA Kenya Ports
Authority -- Bulk wheat imports discharged at the Port of Mombasa
recorded 79,501 metric tonnes to emerge the leading
non-containerized cargo in the week ended February 21st.
The foodstuff commodity accounted for 49.79 percent of the total
159,642 metric tonnes general cargo handled during the week.
A total of 15 vessels were worked at the conventional cargo
terminal that handled an average of 22,806 metric tonnes per day
with total exports registering 1,364 metric tonnes.
Other commodities handled in fairly large quantities included
steel and bulk fertilizer that accounted for 31,304 metric tonnes
and 24,722 metric tonnes respectively.
Motor car imports recorded a sharp increase from 189 units in the
previous week to 2,498 units.
The sudden increase is contrary to assertion by the Chairman of
the Car Importers Association of Kenya (CIAK) Peter Otieno that car
import business was experiencing low moments but would resume in
During the week under review deliveries of general cargo from the
port by the road transport recorded 82,593 metric tonnes while the
conveyor delivered 75,685 metric tonnes.
The Container Terminals received 12 container ships that recorded
a ship average working time of 2.19 days.
The import dwell time which is the average time between landing
and exiting of a container at the port recorded 4.14 days.
While docked at the container berths, the vessels discharged
12,332 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), full and empty and
loaded another 11,835 TEUs.
Deliveries of containers from the Port by road transport
registered 10,963 TEUs while the rail evacuated 1,145 TEUs
registering an increase of 825 TEUs.
The increase comes in the wake of the push for the use of the
Standard Gauge Rail as a cost effective and efficient transport for
upcountry destined containers.
Port stakeholders last week concurred that SGR was a noble idea
but argued that its implementation ought to have addressed concerns
raised by the stakeholders.
Last week meeting was informed that SGR was only undergoing
teething problems but would ultimately emerge good service at the
KPA Managing Director Mrs. Catherine Mtuiri-Wairi re-emphasized
the need for continued engagement amongst Port stakeholders in the
on-going implementation of the SGR freight service, pointing out its
shortcoming with a view to making it better.
In the meantime container yard population had declined from
19,776 TEUs to 13,974 TEUs meaning an increased yard capacity.
Containers awaiting pickup order submissions by respective
Customs Agents were the highest registering 4,336 TEUs.
These were followed by containers ready for collection which
recorded 4,085 TEUs while full exports (nominated/un-nominated)
registered 2,431 TEUs.
Others included 381 transhipments, 1,880 TEUs empties and 861
TEUs at the Customs warehouse.
Forecast for the next two weeks show that 15 vessels were
expected to discharge 10,308 TEUS and load another 11,910 TEUs.
The conventional cargo terminal is expected to discharge 235,626
metric tonnes and load 12,222 metric tonnes.
Meanwhile the Mombasa Port Stakeholders second think tank forum
and annual review of the Port community charter is scheduled to
commence tomorrow (Thursday) at a Mombasa north Coast beach hotel.
The two day forum will be attended by senior officials from the
Ministry of Transport, infrastructure, housing and urban
development, captains of maritime industry and key trade partners.