MOMBASA Kenya Ports
Authority -- The safe navigation into
the Kilindini channel and docking of the 6000 Twenty Foot
Equivalent Units (TEUs) series container carrier Mv. MSC
Portugal on Monday is a pointer towards realisation of the
dream by the Port of Mombasa for a world class facility.
Mv. MSC Portugal with a length overall (LOA) of 304.07
meters making her the longest and wider container ship to call
at the Port was piloted into the harbour by Capt. William Ruto.
She has a draft of 14.518 metres, 40m breadth and 24.6 meters
The vessel has a gross tonnage of 74,962 tonnes and cargo
carrying capacity of 3,105 TEUs in hold and another 3,550TEUs on
"This vessel is not just an ordinary container ship owing to
its size, she can only call at big ports like Mombasa, Re-union,
Mauritius in the region and not smaller ones".
Explained Capt.Ruto who is also the General Manager
He was speaking at berth No.19 quayside when he disembarked
from the vessel he piloted at a record one and a half hours from
the entrance of the channel.
Pilotage is compulsory at the Port of Mombasa.
Flying the Republic of Liberia national flag following her
registration at the port of Monrovia, the container ship was
expected to discharge 1000 TEUs and load a similar quantity.
Until the completion of the dredging project to -15 metres,
the port channel was restricted to vessels with a maximum draft
of 11 metres.
The port is now capable of handling third and fourth
generation vessels with capacities ranging between 4,500 and
Other celebrated larger callers in the recent past include
Motor vessels Ever Delight and Ital Mattina with a
length overall of 264 meters.
Both vessels are operated by the Evergreen Shipping Line, Mv.
MSC Tia with a length overall of 261 meters and Mv.
Jolly Quarzo with a length overall of 240 meters and Mv.
The vessel maiden calls were marked as achievements of the
fruits of government’s commitment towards port capacity
Meanwhile nine container ships docked at the Container
terminals recording a ship average working time of 3.31 days in
the week ended April 25th.
The vessels discharged a total of 10,391 TEUs (Full and
empty) and loaded another 10,246 TEUs as import container dwell
time registered 4.98 days.
Import containers declined by - 4647 TEUs while Exports
recorded a decline of - 985 TEUs.
The deliveries of containers by the Standard Gauge Rail (SGR)
recorded 2898 TEUs while the road transport evacuated 8579 TEUs.
During the week under review the total Container yard
population recorded 19,013 TEUs.
The new population comprised 7,037 TEUs awaiting pickup
order, 3,281 TEUs ready for collection, 1,750 TEUs full exports
(Nominated/un-nominated) and 2023 TEUs transhipments.
Others included 3,962 TEUs empties and 960 TEUS at the
Local import population registered 4,074 TEUs while transit
bound containers recorded 3,991 TEUs with Uganda bound cargo
recording 3,033 TEUs to retain her leading position in the
transit market segment.
Other transit countries are Tanzania that registered 379 TEUs,
South Sudan with 213 TEUs, Democratic Republic of Congo with 169
TEUs, Rwanda with 146 TEUs while Somalia and Burundi recorded 29
TEUs and 12 TEUs respectively.
The weekly performance at the Conventional cargo terminal
revealed that 14 general cargo ships docked and discharged
167,721 metric tonnes.
A total of 26,849 metric tonnes were loaded for export. Cargo
delivered by road transport recorded 104,387 metric tonnes while
the conveyor belt evacuated 63334 metric tonnes.
Bulk wheat emerged the leading import commodity registering
63,334 metric tonnes, followed by 62,400 metric tonnes of bulk
clinker and 21,000 metric tonnes of bulk illuminate exports.
Other commodities handled in large quantities included 18,812
metric tonnes of bulk fertilizer and 4,894 metric tonnes of bulk
Motorcar carriers discharged 256 units of cars and 70 trucks.
Forecast for the next two weeks show that 21 general cargo
vessels were expected to discharge 327,562 metric tonnes and
load another 2492 metric tonnes.
The container terminals were expected to received 13 ships to
discharge 7247 TEUs and load 7,095 TEUs.