Kenya plans second container terminal for the port of Mombasa
Dec 3, 2004
According to an article in The Nation newspaper earlier this week, transport minister John Michuki disclosed that Kenya was in talks with unnamed Japanese donors with the aim of funding the project to the value of approximately KSh8 Bn. The terminal is to be constructed on 46 hectares of land opposite berths 11 – 14 in Kilindini Harbour with construction scheduled to commence as early as mid 2005.
Michuki said Mombasa port was expanding rapidly plus there was also a need to accommodate larger vessels, which required the dredging of the Kilindini channels.
It is anticipated that the port will handle 400,000 TEUs and 12Mt of cargo during 2004. The capacity of Mombasa port was becoming overstretched, he told a ministerial meeting. Privatisation of general cargo operations remained on course and tenders for stevedoring activities could be expected soon.
The port of Mombasa, which has a rated capacity of 22Mt serves Kenya and the inland countries of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi as well as eastern Congo but has a deteriorating infrastructure which the government has undertaken to replace or upgrade.