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Speaking at the port when he received 500 containers for transshipment to Dar es Salaam port, Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) managing director Gichiri Ndua said the berth could now handle cargo destined to other ports after completion of its expansion projects.
Transshipment refers to goods that are deposited at the port by large ships, after which they are transferred to neighbouring ports using smaller vessels. By shipping huge amounts of cargo to one port, shipping lines benefit from economies of scale.
“After widening of the channel and dredging of the harbour to make it deeper, we are now able to accommodate bigger ships that leave cargo here to be transferred to other ports,” he said, adding that the business would grow further after completion of berth 19 in the next two months.
Mr Ndua disputed reports that business meant for Mombasa port was shifting to Dar es Salaam due to alleged inefficiencies at the facility, saying there were no facts to support the claim.
PARASTATAL heads who signed the Mombasa port community charter risk being sacked if their agencies do not deliver on the contents of the new entity. The charter signed between the government and the private sector aims at improving the movement of cargo from the port into hinterland