MOMBASA, The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has called for tenders for the expansion of the Kipevu Oil Terminal at the Port of Mombasa to upgrade the facility to handle four ships simultaneously, up from one ship at a time now, says KPA Managing Director Catherine Mturi-Wairi.
Underground pipes to the Kenya Pipeline Company facilities at the port will also be laid under the expansion to reduce the time taken to offload petroleum products and getting them to their destinations.
Kenyans have had to shoulder high fuel costs resulting delays in offloading cargoes from ships bringing in petroleum products. This has been blamed on low capacity at the Kipevu Oil Terminal, prompting the KPA to propose the expansion of the facility to improve efficiency at the terminal.
Currently, the process is at the tendering stage.
Meanwhile, the KPA has taken over the management of the Kisumu Pier to handle port facilities in Kisumu, Homa Bay, Mbita and Luanda K’Otieno from Kenya Railways Corporation. The KPA plans to revamp the facilities at Kisumu in western Kenya to rejuvenate shipping services across Lake Victoria, especially for goods destined for Tanzania, Uganda as well as islands in the lake.
The expansion of port services is hinged on the expected increase in freight volumes powered by the launch of commercial operations of Kenya’s new Standard Gauge Railway from Mombasa to Nairobi and onward to Kisumu.
Going forward, the KPA targets to stabilize the cargo dwell time at the Port of Mombasa currently at 4.2 days as well as the ship turnaround time now at 2.9 days. During the first nine months of this year, Uganda accounted for 80 per cent of all transit cargo handled through the Port of Mombasa.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK