Empty ex­port con­tain­ers up as 17 cargo ships dock

Business Daily (Kenya) - - SHIPPING & LOGISTICS -

Empty con­tain­ers loaded onto ships for ex­port reg­is­tered 7,255 Twenty Foot Equiv­a­lent Units (TEUS) in the week ended Septem­ber 5, 2018. The ship­ment dropped from 10,915 TEUS recorded in the previous week reg­is­ter­ing a de­cline of 3,660 TEUS equiv­a­lent to 33.53 per cent. Port stake­hold­ers at­tend­ing their weekly meet­ing last Fri­day were told that 11 con­tainer ves­sels docked at the two con­tainer ter­mi­nals reg­is­ter­ing ship av­er­age work­ing time of two days as the im­port con­tainer dwell time reg­is­tered 5.24 days. Full and empty con­tain­ers dis­charged from the ves­sels recorded 14,767 TEUS com­pared to 11,410 TEUS reg­is­tered in the previous week, thus record­ing an in­crease of 3,357 TEUS or 29.42 per cent. The ships loaded 11,686 TEUS, full and empty down from 15,425 TEUS recorded in the previous week. Dur­ing the week un­der re­view con­tain­ers evac­u­ated from the port by road reg­is­tered 8,741 TEUS com­pared to 4,412 TEUS de­liv­ered by the Stan­dard Gauge Rail­way. Im­port con­tainer pop­u­la­tion break­down re­vealed that there were 7,948 TEUS lo­cally des­tined con­tain­ers com­pared to 5,565 TEUS tran­sit bound. There was an up­surge of 736 TEUS and 568 TEUS to the lo­cal and tran­sit des­ti­na­tions re­spec­tively. Con­tain­ers bound for Uganda re­tained the high­est po­si­tion record­ing 4,536 TEUS fol­lowed by South Su­dan bound con­tain­ers that reg­is­tered 292 TEUS. The per­for­mance by other tran­sit coun­tries showed that 258 TEUS were des­tined for the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo (DRC), while Tan­za­nia ac­counted for 251 TEUS, Rwanda with 184 TEUS. So­ma­lia and Bu­rundi reg­is­tered 26 TEUS and 15 TEUS re­spec­tively. Else­where in the Port of Mom­basa, a to­tal of 17 gen­eral cargo ships docked at the con­ven­tional cargo ter­mi­nal han­dling 195,580 met­ric tonnes at an av­er­age of 27,940 met­ric tonnes per day. The cargo ter­mi­nal reg­is­tered 189,899 met­ric tonnes of im­ports and 5681 met­ric tonnes of ex­ports. Bulk clinker, a very im­por­tant in­gre­di­ent for man­u­fac­tur­ing ce­ment, emerged the lead­ing im­port com­mod­ity record­ing 106,500 met­ric tonnes fol­lowed by steel that reg­is­tered 42,024 met­ric tonnes. Other com­modi­ties in­cluded 20,171 met­ric tonnes of bulk wheat, 20,599 met­ric tonnes in con­tain­ers and 388 met­ric tonnes of as­sorted cargo. There were 234 units of mo­tor-ve­hi­cles and 112 units of trucks that landed from car car­ri­ers. Cargo de­liv­er­ies by the road trans­port reg­is­tered 169728 met­ric tonnes as 20,171 met­ric tonnes were evac­u­ated by con­veyor belt. Mean­while forecast for the next 14 days show that 22 gen­eral cargo ships are ex­pected to dock at the cargo ter­mi­nal to dis­charge 331880met­ric tonnes tonnes and load an­other 54000met­ric tonnes. The Con­tainer Ter­mi­nals ex­pects to dock 15 ves­sels to dis­charge 9,197TEUS and load 9,765 TEUS for ex­port.

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