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The largest ever container ship to dock at Mombasa port Thursday

19 August 2015, 14:08 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - The Mombasa Port is set to benefit from the expansion of berth number 19  following the arrival of the biggest ever cargo ship from Singapore, MV Clemens Schulte, that is set to sail into the Kilindini harbour.

The ship which was set to dock at birth number 19 Thursday is a gearless container vessel with a declared draft of 13.9 meters which will discharge 1 600 twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs) and will load another 1 150 containers.                                                   

The ship was build in June 2013 and chartered by Maersk Shipping Line, and has an overall length of 255 metres, 37.3 metres breadth and 22.0 metres depth. The fairly new ship has a gross tonnage of 51 872 and net tonnage of 29 415.

“Since the building of the berth no 19 the Mombasa port has attracted larger vessels which has boosted costumers confidence especially in the shipping lines” said the press release form the KPA.

Meanwhile, last week the port handled a total of 201 880 metric tonnes at the conventional cargo section and 21 085 TEUs at the main Container Terminal. The conventional cargo section recorded an average of 22 431 metric tonnes per day.

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Steel imports registered 59 762 metric tonnes to top the list of non-containerised cargo. This was followed by 53 018 metric tonnes of bulk clinker, 36 680 metric tonnes of bulk coal, 8 820 metric tonnes of bulk sorghum, 2 963 metric tonnes of bulk wheat and 1 151 metric tonnes of other general cargo.

Others were 34 930 metric tonnes of containerised cargo and 2 284 units of motor-vehicles at an average of 1 142 units per vessel.

The total container yard population registered was 14 789 TEUs, comprising 4 625 TEUs awaiting pickup order, 3 510 TEUs ready for collection, 2 374 TEUs full exports (nominated/un-nominated). Others were 300 Transhiment, 3 020 TEUs empties and 960 TEUs at the Customs Warehouse.

The local bound imports accounted for 3 223 TEUs while transit bound recorded 4 554 TEUs, with Uganda bound containers standing at 3 197 TEUs to maintain the leading position in the transit market.

Other transit market countries were South Sudan which registered 319 TEUs followed by Tanzania with 312 TEUs, Democratic Republic of Congo with 276 and Rwanda with 265.

A total of 677 030 TEUs were received at the Container Freight Stations which delivered 673 042 TEUs leaving a balance of 3 988 TEUs.

The CFSs comprise Consolbase, Mombasa Container Terminal (MCT), Compact, Interpel, MitchellCotts, Awanad Logistics, Portside Freight, Focus, Makupa Yard, Mombasa Inland Container Depot (MICD) Multiple and Auto port.

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