Steel tops list of im­ported com­modi­ties in slow week

Trend also wit­nessed in lo­cal and tran­sit bound im­ports, which recorded 1,950 and 3,124 TEUS re­spec­tively

Business Daily (Kenya) - - SHIPPING & LOGISTICS - Syl­van Mghanga Mghanga works at the KPA Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Depart­ment

The to­tal con­tainer yard pop­u­la­tion at Mom­basa port recorded 12,019 Twenty Feet Equiv­a­lent Units (TEUS), reg­is­ter­ing a de­cline of 2,269 TEUS or 15.88 per cent in the week ended Novem­ber 8.

The down­ward trend was also wit­nessed in both lo­cal and tran­sit bound im­ports which recorded 1,950 TEUS and 3,124 TEUS re­spec­tively.

The pre­vi­ous week saw lo­cal bound im­ports reg­is­ter 2,482 TEUS while tran­sit cargo was 4,145 TEUS, with Uganda main­tain­ing the lead hav­ing recorded 2,481 TEUS.

Other tran­sit des­ti­na­tions in­cluded Tan­za­nia which ac­counted for 188 TEUS, the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo (DRC) 182 TEUS, Rwanda 135 TEUS, South Su­dan 124 TEUS, So­ma­lia and Bu­rundi nine and five TEUS re­spec­tively.

Dur­ing the week un­der re­view, 10 con­tainer ves­sels went along­side the con­tainer ter­mi­nals reg­is­ter­ing a ship of gen­eral cargo ships ex­pected to dis­charge 344,028 met­ric tonnes in the next two weeks

av­er­age work­ing time of 1.97 days while con­tainer dwell time was 5.49 days. The ves­sels dis­charged 6,736 TEUS, full and empty, record­ing a de­cline of 5,913 TEUS com­pared to the pre­vi­ous week.

The con­tainer ships loaded 9,708 TEUS for ex­port.

De­liv­er­ies of con­tain­ers from the port by road trans­port reg­is­tered 9,485 TEUS while the rail evac­u­ated 170 TEUS only.

A break­down of con­tain­ers at the yards showed that 2,272 TEUS were await­ing pickup or­der, 2,068 TEUS were ready for col­lec­tion and 1,434 TEUS were full ex­ports (nom­i­nated/un-nom­i­nated). Oth­ers in­cluded 715 TEUS tran­ship­ments, 4,668 emp­ties and 862 TEUS at the Cus­toms Ware­house.

Con­tainer freight sta­tions (CFS) re­ceived 823,937 TEUS, de­liv­ered 820,317 TEUS leav­ing a bal­ance of 3,620 TEUS.

Con­sol­base CFS was the lead­ing hav­ing re­ceived 179,523 TEUS, fol­lowed by MCT with 141,393 TEUS, and FO­CUS with 124,271 TEUS. The three com­bined were hold­ing 1,088 TEUS. At the Con­ven­tional Cargo Ter­mi­nal 18 ves­sels were worked dur­ing the week reg­is­ter­ing 175,819 met­ric tonnes, at an av­er­age of 25,117 met­ric tonnes per­ports han­dled were 172,869 met­ric tonnes while ex­ports ac­counted for 2,950 met­ric­liv­er­ies by road trans­port reg­is­tered 124,425 met­ric tonnes while the con­veyor belt recorded 48,444 met­ric tonnes.

Steel ac­counted for 45,458 met­ric tonnes to emerge the lead­ing im­port com­mod­ity, fol­lowed by bulk gyp­sum at 29,331 met­ric tonnes.

Other com­modi­ties han­dled in large quan­ti­ties in­cluded 25,440 met­ric tonnes of wheat, 23,004 met­ric tonnes of maize, 20,752 met­ric tonnes of fer­tiliser and 18,040 tonnes of clinker.

A to­tal of 1,797 units of mo­tor-ve­hi­cles and 259 trucks rolled off car car­ri­ers that called in dur­ing the week.

Mean­while, fore­cast for the next two weeks shows that 20 gen­eral cargo ships are ex­pected to dis­charge 344,028 met­ric tonnes and load 52,750 tonnes for ex­port.con­tainer ter­mi­nals are ex­pected to work 10 ves­sels that will dis­charge 9,215 TEUS and load another 10,622 TEUS.

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