- Mv Seago Bremen Haven in charge of Mombasa’s lawyer will dock minutes later at an event expected to be honored by President Uhuru Kenyatta and other leaders from the East and Horn of Africa.
- Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) captain Geoffrey Namadoa said the Singapore-flagged MV CAP Carmel is a gear vessel and will be able to load and unload without the use of harbor cranes.
The port of Lamu will come to life on Thursday as the 204-meter-long Mv CAP Carmel, a Danish-based shipping company, with general cargoes from the port of Dar es Salaam, docks en route to Salalah in Oman.
Mv Seago Bremen Haven in charge of Mombasa’s lawyer will dock minutes later at an event expected to be honored by President Uhuru Kenyatta and other leaders from the East and Horn of Africa.
Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) captain Geoffrey Namadoa said the Singapore-flagged MV CAP Carmel is a gear vessel and will be able to load and unload without the use of harbor cranes.
“According to the manifesto, we plan to process 100 containers on the first day in Lamu Port, which will be used to test local road connectivity, which has already been completed. Lamu Port is strategically positioned geographically and it will provide competition to already developed ports such as Durban, ”Namadoa said.
Kenya will order the 310 billion shillings port of Lamu this week (May 20) in its quest to wrest the transshipment market from Djibouti and South Africa.
The newly constructed facility, which will deal primarily with transshipment, comes at a time when nearly all ports in the region are being modernized to meet growing demand.
Transhipment is where the cargo or container is moved from one vessel to another during transit. This mainly happens when there is no direct connection between the ports.
Lamu Port General Manager Abdullahi Samatar said all arrangements to manage the first ship have been completed. “We have complied with all port requirements and have a temporary International ISPS Ship and Port Facility Safety Code to use in our number one position. We hope to start limited operations from May 20 before the official opening of the port on June 15, when we are planning a first shipment, ”Mr. Samatar said.
Nineteen shipping companies have inspected the port and it is understood that they are prepared to use the facility given the promotional rates offered.
“Apart from transshipment, we are targeting southern Ethiopia and South Sudan as the main market for this port, and that is why we are working on a number of routes to ensure we connect with both countries. We are also building a storage yard at the Moyale border post to facilitate the processing of Ethiopian goods, ”Samatar said.
Kenya plans to build more than 20 berths at the port according to the Build and Operate (BoT) model.