Capacity expansion and the handling of in-creased traffic
volumes have propelled the port of Mombasa to the ranks of
top world container ports.
handled 903,000 TEUs in 2012 coupled with the prediction
to break one million TEUs mark this year, the port of
Mombasa has been ranked fifth in Africa and 117th out of
the leading 120 container world ports.
to the current issue of Container Manage-ment, a reputable
internatio-nal shipping magazine, front runners on the
Africa front are Port Said of Egypt at 39th position, Port
of Durban in South Africa at 51, Port of Tanger Med in
Morocco at 73 and port of Alexandria in Egypt at 84.
magazine’s detailed chronology of the World Top
Container Ports 2013 has at-tributed the impressive port
performance to various efficiency interventions instituted
by the management.
attribute is the dredging of the main entrance channel to
minus 15m and the widening of the turning basin to 500
meters which has enabled larger vessels to call at the
attributed to the success of the port of Mombasa is the
newly completed 240m long berth 19.
and longer, the new berth has an additional stacking yard
of 15 acres, increasing the port’s capacity by 250,000
was commissioned by His Excellency, Hon, Yoweri Museveni,
and President of the Republic of Uganda which is also the
biggest port user among the landlocked countries in the
flanked by His Excellency Hon.Uhuru Kenyatta and His.
Excellency Hon.Paul Kagame.
ongoing construction of the 1.2 M capacity second
container has also been cited as one of the attributes
that influenced the ranking of the port.
phase involves construction of initial three berths
scheduled for completion in 2016.
berths will have an additional capacity of 450,000 TEUs,
with two further expansion phases running through to 2020.
Shipping Magazine also reported on the port’s investment
in new and modern cargo handling equipment which has
greatly improved efficiency.
equipment include ship to shore gantry cranes terminal
tractors and reach stackers.
developments and progressive developments it is envisaged
that, the port of Mombasa will reach greater heights.