KENYA PORTS AUTHORITY
RECENTLY, KPA COMMISSIONED A SECOND CONTAINER TERMINAL WHICH WILL SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASE THE PORT OF MOMBASA’S CAPACITY.
AERIAL VIEW OF THE RECENTLY COMMISSIONED SECOND CONTAINER TERMINAL.
The Port of Mombasa is the largest port in East Africa and one of the five largest on the African continent, serving a hinterland which extends beyond Kenya to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, South Sudan, Somalia, and Ethiopia. The first jetty at Kilindini was built in Imperial British East Africa in 1896, and in 1978 the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) was created, with responsibility for maintaining, operating, developing, and regulating Kenya’s sea ports. Today, over 33 shipping lines oper4 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
ate at the Port of Mombasa, and the port connects directly to over 80 other ports. In the last year, the port has handled over 1.1 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). The Port Authority’s work doesn’t end at the water’s edge. KPA also manages inland container depots in Nairobi, Eldoret, and Kisumu, as well as liaison offices in Kampala, Kigali, and Bujumbura. “We also work hand-in-hand with other key cargo interveners,” says Catherine Mturi-Wairi, Managing Director at KPA. “Those are bodies
like the Kenya Revenue Authority, the Kenya Railways, the Bureau of Standards, the National Police Service, and all the other key actors who play a role in ensuring that cargo passes through the ports safely and quickly. Our work requires a high degree of collaboration and co-ordination.” REGIONAL HUB Recently, KPA commissioned a second container terminal which will substantially increase the Port of Mombasa’s capacity. “Phase 1 has a capacity of 550,000 TEUs
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