NAIROBI, Kenya’s Mombasa port has been declared the best transit and supply logistics port in Eastern and Southern Africa at the African Ports Awards ceremony held in Livingston, Zambia, beating the ports of Durban and East London in South Africa into second and third places respectively.

In the hotly contested competition which featured 12 ports from the region, the Port of Mombasa, managed by the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), also emerged second runners-up in the category of best container terminal productivity after the Port of Durban and Port of Ngqura, also in South Africa, respectively.

KPA Managing Director Catherine Mturi-Wairi expressed delight while receiving the award on behalf of the authority after a two-day Port Management of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA) investment forum and annual conference in Zambia this week.

She was accompanied to the conference by KPA General Manager Corporate Services Edward Kamau, Head of Corporate Affairs Bernard Osero, Head of Marine Operations Captain William Ruto and Head of Internal Audit and Risk Management Fred Oyugi.

The award comes after the Port of Mombasa was recently named for the third year in a row the Best Cruise Port in Africa by the World Travel Awards.

Between January and September this year, the Port of Mombasa witnessed an increase in transit traffic after handling a total of 6,487,330 tons of cargoes against 5,978,090 tons registered in the same period of 2016, representing an increase of 509,240 tons or 8.5 per cent.

This improvement is attributed to an increase in Ugandan traffic by 513,057 tons or 10.5 per cent. Similarly, cargo destined for Tanzania, Somalia and Rwanda also increased by 45,310 tons, 8,298 tons and 8,265 tons respectively, said Wairi recently during a KPA-sponsored media workshop in Mombasa.

South Africa’s ports, manged by Transnet National Ports Authority, scooped most of the awards at the PMAESA ceremony, with all their four major commercial ports featuring in the competition.

Besides winning in the category of best container terminal in productivity, the Port of Durban also emerged leader in trans-shipment as well as best facility in management information system in the competition where entries for the awards were coordinated and evaluated by CODEX African Ports Awards Consultant Company based in Abidjan, cOTE D’iVIRE.