annual capacity of the container terminal was 250,000 TEUs; today we’re handling over a million containers. The amount of new equipment is immense. Then there’s the new security and ICT.” As for the future, KPA envisages the Port of Mombasa, joined in a few years by Lamu, as a regional logistics hub for the movement of cargo. “We already have liaison offices in Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi,” says Ms. Wairi. “Next we’re going to open offices in South Sudan, where the potential is great. They are now a part of
our community, and already use the Port of Mombasa. We’re also encouraging more public-private sector collaboration in what we do, which has helped us undertake a number of projects. By 2018, we project to handle 1.8 million TEUs; and by 2020, 2 million TEUs. These projects will create jobs and increase the purchasing power of people in the region. We value our contribution to the economies of Kenya and other East African countries, as we continue to bring growth and prosperity to our region.” c
THE KPA MD MRS. CATHERINE MTURI-WAIRI PRESENTING A FIRST CALL CERTIFICATE TO THE CAPTAIN OF MV ITAL MATINA.
World Bank. We have a good number of CCTV cameras around the port, a biometric system for entry and exit, and an electronic fence which detects intrusion immediately, allowing us to deploy rapid response vehicles. In the 1990s, security was just manning; you had to have people everywhere. Nowadays it’s more efficient. Our security personnel have received training in the U.S. and Israel. There is a lot of international collaboration to learn new techniques or prepare for new crimes like cybercrime, so we work very closely with our national and international security forces.” CHANGING WITH THE TIMES Over the last fifteen years, KPA and the Port of Mombasa have witnessed dramatic changes. “When we hold ceremonies for the commissioning of new facilities and we invite people who worked here before the year 2000, they can’t believe the transformation,” says Ms. Wairi. “In 1980, the SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE