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Mombasa port attracts more shipping lines with ongoing port improvements


HAPAG-LLOYD has started calling at the port of Mombasa in East Africa, carrying 1,770 TEU on the maiden voyage of which 154 TEU was unloaded at Mombasa. The ship arrived from the port of Jedda before continuing to Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania.

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) managing director Catherine Mturi-Wairi said the port of Mombasa is now receiving vessels from Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Company, CMA CGM Lines, China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco) and Evergreen Shipping Line.

The port of Mombasa is attracting more shipping lines due to ongoing improvement initiatives under the Mombasa Port Development Programmes (MPDP), reported The Star, Kenya.

Under the MPDP, the port has dredged the port channel, constructed berth 19 and built a second container terminal. Other programmes are the continuous upgrading of the port's container terminal systems and the completion of the first phase of a standard gauge railway.

The implementation of this programme has continued to increase efficiency levels by reducing the ship turn-around and cargo dwell times. Consequently, the cargo volumes have continued to grow.

KPA is expecting to receive more modern equipment by the end of May to boost cargo handling and capacity, including ship-to-shore gantry cranes, rubber-tyred gantry cranes and rail-mounted gantries.

The authority is currently loading four SGR trains per day for the Nairobi inland depot with a total of 432 TEU, up from only one train per day in January. KPA expects to increase the daily cargo trains to five by May 1, and in June will add the sixth train.

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