Uganda Maintains Lead as KPA’s Transit Market [opinion]

Uganda maintains the lead among Kenya’s top transit market port users, latest date from Kenya Ports Authority shows

Last week, Uganda registered 3,894 twenty-foot equivalent units followed by South Sudan with 511, Tanzania 353, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo registered 276 and 259 TEUs respectively.

TEU is the standard unit for describing a ship’s cargo carrying capacity, or a shipping terminal’s cargo handling capacity. A standard forty-foot (40x8x8 feet) container equals two TEUs (each 20x8x8 feet).

The transit bound containerised cargo accounted for 5,407 TEUs while local bound cargo were 2,433 TEUs.

Kenya Ports Authority managing director Gichiri Ndua said for the past three weeks, clinker being transported to Uganda dominated the list of import cargoe at the port.

The clinker, which is a key ingredient for manufacturing cement, is destined for Tororo Cement Factory in Uganda.

Last week, the port handled 92,055 metric tonnes of the commodity.

Last Saturday, the clinker set the top new record of the highest cargo tonnage handled within 24 hours at the facility.

“A total of 20,393 metric tonnes of clinker were discharged round the clock aboard a bulk carrier, MV Massalia, at berth 19,” said Ndua.

He said operations at the port have improved significantly in recent weeks.

Ndua said other notable heavy imports were bulk wheat that registered 36,746 metric tonnes, steel at 26,096 metric tonnes and bulk illuminite 11,400 metric tonnes.

Other general cargo and motor vehicle registered 11,018 and 1,240 metric tonnes respectively.

Conventional cargo section handled 25 ships that discharged a total of 178,575 metric tonnes and loaded another 18,037 metric tonnes.

Ndua said in the next two weeks they expect 15 container carriers to be calling at the port to discharge 5,944 TEUs and load another 6,977 TEUs.

The conventional cargo section is expected to handle a total of 411,499 metric tonnes with imports accounting for 387,749 metric tonnes and 23,750 metric tonnes for exports.

Source : The Star

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