The Port of Mombasa worked 13 container vessels and 23 general cargo carriers in the week ended November 22nd 2017.
Container carriers recorded ship average working time of 2.14 days as container dwell time registered 2.96 days. The vessels discharged 11,894 Twenty Feet Equivalent Units (TEUs) full and empty, registering a decline of 2,734 TEUs compared to the previous week. The container ships loaded 16,517 TEUs, full and empty reporting a growth of 2,944 which is equivalent to 21.86 percent.
During the week under review deliveries of containers from the port by road transport registered 10,753 TEUs while the rail handled 130 TEUs. The total container yard population reduced to 11,949 TEUs from 13,924 TEUs in the previous week. The new population comprised 3,564 TEUs awaiting pickup order, 3,436 TEUs ready for collection and 700 TEUs full exports (Nominated/Un-nominated).Others included 788 TEUs Transhipments, 2,519 TEUs empties and 942 TEUs at the Customs Warehouse.
The Container Freight Stations (CFS) received 824,259 TEUs, delivered 820,778 TEUs leaving a balance of 3,481 TEUs. Portside Freight registered the highest balance of 935 TEUs having delivered 52,922 TEUs, followed by FOCUS with a balance of 654 TEUs. Consolebase had a balance of 348 TEUs, after recording highest deliveries of 179,175 TEUs.
Imports population breakdown during the week indicated that local bound containers registered 2,418 TEUs up from 1,907 TEUs in the previous week. Transit bound Containers recorded 5,558 TEUs registering a growth of 430 TEUs. Uganda, the leading port customer in the transit market segment accounted for 4,139TEUs or 74.5 percent followed by Tanzania with 755 TEUs and South Sudan with 231 TEUS. Others included the Democratic Republic of Congo which accounted for 227 TEUs, Rwanda with 138 TEUs while Somalia and Burundi accounted for 42 TEUs and 18 TEUs respectively.
The week saw the Conventional cargo Terminal handle 233,327 metric tonnes at an average of 33,332 metric tonnes per day. In this category of cargo, bulk Clinker for the second week running recorded the highest tonnage registering 70,950 metric tonnes followed by bulk wheat that accounted for 62,281 metric tonnes. Other commodities handled in large quantities included bulk maize that registered 30,646 metric tonnes, 14,481 metric tonnes of bulk fertilizer , 13,351 metric tonnes of steel, 8,628 metric tonnes of Iron ore and 3,187 metric tonnes of assorted general cargo. Motorcar carriers that called at the port during the week discharged 1375 units of motorcars and 204 units of trucks.
Meanwhile forecast for the next two weeks indicate that 12 general cargo ships are expected to discharge 81,775 metric tonnes. The Container Terminals are expected to work is expected to receive 10 vessels to discharge 6,568 TEUs and load 8,314 TEUs for export.