COMMENT: Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya, and James Macharia, transport cabinet secretary, have been piling the pressure on Catherine Mturi-Wairi, managing director of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), to achieve greater freight movement on the new Chinese-built standard gauge railway (SGR) connecting Mombasa with Nairobi, writes Mike Mundy.
The tender to run phase one of Kenya Ports Authority’s (KPA) new container terminal is reportedly still up for grabs.
COMMENT: It was originally scheduled to be announced in July but now informed sources indicate the name of the new Mombasa container terminal operator will be announced in late September/early October.
COMMENT: The Dock Workers Union, the union which represents the majority of workers at the port of Mombasa, Kenya, has stated that it now supports the idea of offering a concession to the private sector for the new 450,000 teu container terminal under development, but only if this first phase development focuses on transhipment traffic.
COMMENT: Kenya is ahead of Tanzania in seeking to install major new container handling capacity on Africa’s eastern seaboard.
The Horn of Africa is throwing off its drought-afflicted, war-ravaged image, as Aidan Grange discovers
Kalmar is to supply 12 of its E-One² hybrid rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) as part of a €17m order.
Not for the first time a landlocked country in Africa is attempting to have a say in a remote port operation which functions as a major gateway for its import and export trade.
The political 'football' of privatised port operations in Mombasa is being kicked around again.
Kenya's Finance Minister has stressed that no plans exist to privatise Kenya Ports Authority.
Late last year saw President Kibaki preside over the ground breaking ceremony for the Port of Mombasa’s second container terminal. While the event marked progress, it is very slow progress indeed.
The secretary general of the East African Community has revealed that negotiations are at an advanced stage to privatise the ports of Mombasa and Dar es Salaam.
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