Kenya’s port of Mombasa has so far recorded container traffic of 1.4 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2019, which is the best performance ever, surpassing a target of 1.35 million TEUs that had been set at the beginning of the year.
The Managing Director of Kenya Ports Authority, Daniel Manduku, said while briefing journalists at the port on Monday that the 1.4 million TEUs represent a growth of 7.3 percent over last year’s 1.304 million TEUs.
Manduku said that the performance was boosted by unprecedented growth in both transit and trans-shipment business.
He said that between January and November 2019, the port has handled a total of 31.479 million tons of cargo compared to 28.550 million tons handled over the same period in 2018, in indicating that the port will attain over 34 million tons by the close of the year.”
He added that cargo throughput at the Inland Container Terminal in Nairobi grew by 61.1 percent from 257,972 TEUs as of December 2018 to 415,650 TEUs as at Dec. 28, 2019.
This performance, he said, is attributable to an increased number of Standard Gauge Railway daily cargo trains between Mombasa and Nairobi where an average of 10 trains leave daily for the Inland Container Terminal in Nairobi.
In 2019, the ship waiting time also reduced from 0.47 days in 2018 to 0.27 days currently, while ship turnaround time at present is at 3.4 days for all vessels.
Kenya’s largest port of Mombasa handles cargo for the eastern and central African regions, which include Uganda, northern Tanzania, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.