Empty export containers up as 17 cargo ships dock
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.