MOMBASA (Kenya Ports
Authority) -- Container off-take from
the Port of Mombasa to the Inland Container Depot, Nairobi by
the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) has registered tremendous
growth recording 5,121 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in
the week ended September 19th 2018.
The SGR freight
service currently doing an average of eight trains per day
accounted for 44.67 percent of the total 11,462 TEUs lifted by
both rail and road transport.
A total of 6,341 TEUs were evacuated by the road transport
which registered a decline of 3,281 TEUs compared to the
Empty containers received by road registered 12,586 TEUs up
from 10,366 TEUs recorded in the previous week while only 511
TEUs (empty) were delivered out of the Port by the same mode of
During the week under review 10 container vessels docked at
the Container Terminals registering a ship average working time
of 1.77days as the import container Dwell time recorded 4.11
The ships discharged 15,487 TEUs (full and empty) and loaded
another 15,008 TEUs.
An on the spot check for the Imports population breakdown at
the Terminals revealed that 4,723 TEUs were destined to the
local market while another 4,373 were transit bound.
Uganda maintained her leading position in the transit market
accounting for 3510 TEUs an equivalent of 38.58 percent followed
by Tanzania which accounted for 338 TEUs.
Other transit destinations included Democratic Republic of
Congo (DRC) which accounted for 223 TEUs, South Sudan with 186
TEUs and Rwanda with 93TEUs. Burundi and Somalia recorded 12
TEUs and 8 TEUs respectively.
Elsewhere in the Port, Conventional cargo handling operations
went on as usual with 18 general cargo ships safely docking at
The general cargo terminal registered a total of 231,627
metric tonnes at an average of 33,090 metric tonnes per day.
The discharge of bulk clinker which emerged the leading
commodity in the week recorded 84,086 metric tonnes.
Other commodities included 54,861 metric tonnes of bulk
wheat,25,432 metric tonnes of steel,23,000 metric tonnes of bulk
illuminate, 5,070 metric tonnes of bulk sorghum,4,398 of soda
ash and 13,760 metric tonnes in containers.
The cargo terminal also handled car carriers that discharged
1,677 units of motor-vehicles and 76 trucks.
The motor car delivery report indicated that 1607 units of
motorcars were under direct release while 127 units were for
Cargo deliveries by road registered 147,357 metric tonnes
while the conveyor belt delivered 54,861 metric tonnes.
Meanwhile forecast for the next 14 days reveals that22
general cargo ships areexpected to dock at the Conventional
cargo Terminalto discharge 402,533metric tonnes and load 10,400
The Container Terminals are expected expectto dock 17 vessels
to discharge 13,045 TEUs and load 14,179 TEUs.