Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
It has been reported in Kenya that Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) intends to invest US$193 million to modernise four berths at the port of Mombasa. Our illustration here shows Mombasa’s second container terminal (www.africaports.co.za © ).
While the berths have not been identified it is understood that they currently handle containers and breakbulk general cargo.
Financing will come from commercial rated loans being offered by the European Investment Bank and French development agency AFD, according to Daniel Manduku, the managing director of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).
The port of Mombasa recently opened a new container terminal which is being operated by a division of the Italian shipping company, MSC. The port is the main gateway port for neighbouring landlocked countries in the East Africa region – Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, southern Ethiopia and parts of eastern DRC.
However, Mombasa is facing increasing competition from its southern neighbour Tanzania and that country’s port of Dar es Salaam. Tanzania is also building a standard gauge railway to connect with Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and the eastern DRC with other Cape gauge rail connections to Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
Nevertheless, Mombasa remains the dominant port in East Africa and last year handled 32 million tonnes of cargo including over one million container TEU.
The Kenyan port is projected to increase the cargo volume to 47 million tonnes by 2025. Mombasa is already the second busiest sub-Saharan container port after Durban.
It is furthermore understood that the port of Mombasa is also planning to build a new oil terminal to replace the existing facility that was opened in 1968. This will triple the port’s annual capacity for oil and liquid gas to one million tonnes. The contractor engaged with this project is China Communication Construction Co.
Reproduced with grateful thanks to, and by kind permission of, www.africaports.co.za
Relationship between recreational navigation and commercial or fishing ports is complex. Recreational vessels sometimes operate and berth in locations that are not ideal from the point of view of the integrated management of the coastal zone.
Interactions and conflict
Different uses and different interests on coastal segments can cause conflicts and risks that are difficult to manage. Sometimes a portion of an existing fishing, industrial or commercial port is converted to recreational boating use. This may happen as a result of specific intent within the context of a long-term port master plan, but sometimes is only a spontaneous response to the demand by recreational activities. Especially in the latter case, interactions between different kinds of traffic may lead to conflicts and may also cause unsafe and/or unsustainable situations.
Minimising potential conflict
The aim of this report is to identify best practice recommendations for the operation, planning and design of recreational navigation to minimise potential conflicts with other types of traffic and seek a new approach to positive synergies with fishing communities.
Here the intention is to generally assess the cause and effects of these conflicts, analyse data relative to accidents between recreational and commercial vessels, and to present case studies that illustrate some of the general trends, in order to reach useful conclusions.
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