Mombasa port is fourth in Africa, president Uhuru says


The government completed two shipping baths in Kilindini, Mombasa county in February this year, doubling the country’s total handling capacity to 1.6 million twenty foot containers per year, down from 8,090 handling capacity of twenty foot containers.

According to president Uhuru Kenyatta, this has moved the port of Mombasa down from position eight in Africa to position four in a period of three years, the Jubilee government has been in office.

In his state of the nation address on Thursday, the president noted that his government has continued to invest largely at the Mombasa port, to continue serving Kenyans and the entire East Africa region since it is one of the most dependent port in Africa.

Mombasa was the 8th busiest port in Africa before 2013, with a handling capacity of 8,090 twenty foot containers.

“Indeed in February this year, my government completed the expansion of two additional shipping baths at Kilindini, doubling our handling capacity to 1.6 million twenty foot containers per year. Indeed, in three years, Mombasa has moved to becoming the fourth busiest port in Africa down from eighth, three years ago,” said the president.

To consolidate the country’s positin as the region’s transport hub, the govenment opened the newly completed passenger Air Terminal 2 at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and in addition, it will be commisioning two new terminals which will increase terminals 1A and 1E by May this year.

“This terminals will increase passenger handling capacity by 5.1 million new passengers, bringing our total passenger handling capacity at JKIA to 7.5 million passengers per year,” president Uhuru added.


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