KPA completes phase two of the second container terminal
MOMBASA, Kenya, May 23 – Phase two of the 32 billion shilling second container terminal at the Port of Mombasa has been completed and is expected to be commissioned next month.
Construction of the terminal, which began in September 2018, is expected to increase the port’s annual capacity by 450,000 containers, bringing the total annual capacity to 2.1 million containers.
The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has confirmed that Japanese contractor, Tokyo Construction Company Limited, has completed the project which has been described by shipping stakeholders as a game changer.
A statement from KPA says the handover ceremony will take place shortly after the Authority and relevant government agencies have inspected the 100-acre facility at Kilindini Port.
Representatives of Tokyo Construction Company led by Civil Construction Division Manager Hironari Sahara and International Division General Manager Shuichi Aikawa held a meeting with KPA officials and confirmed the completion of the project.
KPA was represented at the meeting which took place at the headquarters in Kipevu by the General Manager of Cargo Operations, Sudi Mwasinago and the General Manager of Infrastructure Development, Abdullahi Samatar.
The project was funded by a government-to-government loan facility from the Japanese government under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The Mombasa Port Terminal will have three berths with lengths of 230,320 and 350 meters, where the largest berths will accommodate Panamax container ships of 20,000 dwt tonnage and post-Panamax vessels of 60 000.
The first phase of the second container terminal, built at a cost of 26 billion shillings, which involved reclaiming a sea area of approximately 50 acres, creating a capacity of 550,000 twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs), was commissioned in 2016.
The Port of Mombasa is the gateway to landlocked countries such as Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, and has recently undergone a major upgrade with multi-billion investments in infrastructure and technology.
The expansion program, which included the construction of phase two of the second container terminal and the 40 billion shilling Kipevu Oil Terminal (KOT), is part of moves to transform the port into a logistics hub in the region.
Members of the National Development Implementation Technical Committee (NDITC), responsible for implementing government projects and programs, recently visited the port to inspect its facilities and operations.
The committee headed by its chairman, Dr. Karanja Kibicho, welcomed the positive developments and steps taken to make the port more efficient and competitive.
Dr Kibicho, who is also the Principal Secretary for Interior and Coordination of the National Government, called on all actors to strive to improve efficiency and reduce the cost of doing business to make the port the one of the best in the world.
“The overall objective is to make the Port of Mombasa a classic facility, achieve high productivity and ensure efficient freight forwarding services to importers and exporters,” Dr Kibicho said.
He attributed these good performances to good coordination between state agencies and other maritime actors.
The port of Mombasa remains among the world’s top 120 container ports and among the top six in Africa. It is connected to more than 80 ports around the world and served by more than 40 shipping companies.