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
IHMA Congress 2020 goes virtual
A message from Capt. Allan Gray, IHMA President.
We’ve been planning the 2020 Congress and looking forward to catching up with you all in Tasmania for almost three years now. Unfortunately, given the current situation in Australia, we won’t be exploring Hobart this October or clinking glasses at the Gala Dinner. We could focus on many things we will surely miss at this year’s event, however, we’re extremely fortunate and delighted to be able to bring a virtual edition of the 2020 Congress to you, wherever your home port may be.
Congress is the key forum for IHMA members and the global ports sector to collaborate, network, share information, and provide updates on the latest industry technology and solutions.
And there’s a lot to catch up on.