Major reorganisation at Mombasa port

July 30, 2008
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, NAIROBI, July 30 – The Kenya Ports Authority has executed a major reshuffle at the port of Mombasa’s container terminal in measures aimed at containing crippling congestion.

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Managing Director Abdallah Mwaruwa, informed stakeholders at a series of meetings on Wednesday that a number of senior and experienced staff would be deployed to oversee yard reorganisation at the container terminal.

The reorganisation, he said, would create space for incoming and outgoing containers.

Other than the temporary stoppage of transhipment containers, KPA has also restricted loading of empty containers to 100 instead of the usual 200. Mwaruwa said the two moves are aimed at increasing the loading of exports, which have suffered considerable delays.

At a meeting with the East African Tea Trade Association, (EATTA), Mwaruwa also assured that the implementation of the newly introduced automated cargo clearance and handling system, the Kilindini Water Front System (Kwatos), had been stabilised.

He said specialists had also been posted to the Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association training centre to induct more members on the use of Kwatos.

“Many people are now easily logging into the system and KPA specialists are out visiting the offices of port users to continuously interact with them,” he stressed.

The Authority has been using both the new system and the manual system to maintain operations, after Kwatos developed hitches upon its implementation.

Vessel delays at Mombasa have seriously affected exports, with traders posting losses of millions of shillings, especially in perishable products such as tea and fruits.

In another meeting with the Kenya Ships Agents Association, Mwaruwa expressed the hope of increased productivity at the port, after the Dock Workers Union called off a strike.

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