Trucks using Northern Corridor triple on improved port efficiency


Tractors moving cargo containers at the Port of Mombasa. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NMG

Mombasa Port and Northern Corridor have recorded an increased efficiency in the past two weeks despite an increase in cargo being hauled along the corridor.

According to Mombasa Port and Northern Corridor Community performance weekly report, the number of trucks using the corridor increased from 1,944 in the week ended October 8 to 5,044 trucks which were registered at Mariakani weighbridge.

Despite the sharp increase in the number of trucks using the corridor, the vehicles registered 99.51 percent weighbridge compliance up from 89.51 percent in the previous year.

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) in its statement said the efficiency was as a result of its cooperation with other government agencies and private stakeholders.

“KPA has continued to work together with its stakeholders including other government agencies such as Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Railways and Private sector to ensure that Nairobi bound containers and those for Mombasa are facilitated amicably for the benefit of both the government and importers,” read part of KPA statement to the media.

Container cargo dwell time continued to register long hours which almost doubled from the previous 48.73 hours to 84.34 hours.

During the last review, ship waiting time reduced from 55.84 hours in the previous week to only 3.42 hours registering the highest improvement whereas ship turn-around time reduced from 72.42 hours in mid-September to 39.50 hours last week.

At Document Processing Centre, KRA also registered improvement in the past three weeks from an average of 2.74 hours to 1.63 hours two weeks ago to 1.51 hours last week while hours in releasing cargo reduced from 49.95 hours to 34.70 hours last week.

In the weekly report, the period of Kenyan transit cargo through the Malaba border increased from 54.42 hours to 97.29 hours.

Efficiency along the corridor and more so at the Port of Mombasa is set to improve in the next three months as three key projects which were delayed as a result of Covid-19 are set to be completed.

KPA acting Managing director John Mwangemi in an earlier interview said construction of phase 2 of the Second Container Terminal (CT2) whose completion is at 88 per cent will be completed before the end of 2021 and will bring on board an additional capacity of 450,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

Mr Mwangemi said the new facility will increase Mombasa Port capacity to 2.1million TEUs per annum.

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