Container cargo traffic at the Mombasa port has increased in the first six months of the year, Kenya Ports Authority managing director Gichiri Ndua has said.
He said the total number of containers passing through the port has risen by 12.8 per cent compared to 11.5 per cent during the same period last year.
According to the KPA report, to be officially released later this week, the cargo throughput for the January to June period has grown by over 23,196 twenty-foot equivalent units
In 2013, container cargo traffic at the port for the first half was 415,948 TEUs which rose to 463,920 TEUs in the first six months of lat year last year, an11.5 per cent growth.
“We have been able to handle more containers for the first six months, this shows a growth of over 12 per cent compared to the same period last year,” said Ndua adding that the exact half-year container cargo numbers are being compiled
“Despite the many challenges experienced this year, cargo handling efficiency at the port has improved,” he said.
The total cargo throughput (all cargo passing through the port) between January and June 2014, rose to 11.9 million tonness from 10.5 million tonnes in a similar in 2013.
He said the two day strike at the port, which took place two weeks ago, had a negative impact on cargo delivery at the facility, leading to a backlog of over 2,500 containers.
“We have been able to clear all the cargo now,” said Ndua.
KPA lost Sh200 million directly and considering delays in delivery of cargo in time, said Ndua
He said losses associated with the strike stood at approximately Sh1 billion for the East African and Central African region.
The strike disrupted business at the biggest port in the region, which handles imports for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia.