Kenya unveils ambitious port master plan
Apr 23, 2005
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Earlier in April Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) unveiled an ambitious 15-year port master plan that among other things called for the privatisation of port terminals and expansion of the Mombasa container terminal.
In addition Brown Ondego, KPA managing director said a new port for Kenya was becoming necessary.
Ondego indicated that US0 million had been made available by the Japanese government to fund the expansion of Mombasa’s container terminal. Any additional money needed would be raised locally. The extended terminal would require about 40 ha of land to be recovered from the harbour and the harbour channels would also be dredged to accommodate larger ships.
Regarding the concessioning of terminals he said the KPA’s future role was that of a landlord. This process would be in place by 2010, by which time the KPA would focus on port planning, regulation, management and development roles together with marketing, concessioning and asset management functions. All port operations should by then be in the hands of private operators.
Ondego said the container terminal was already 60% utilised and he expected demand to increase. He acknowledged the strong competition provided from Djibouti, Dar es Salaam and Durban.
Mombasa handles approximately 80% of all containers for Kenya, Uganda and the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and has experienced a 27% growth in the past 12 months.
In the accounting year for 2004 Mombasa is reported to have handled 12.92mt of cargo, up 8.3% from 2003.
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