Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) head of corporate affairs, Bernard Osero, attributed this to improvements in truck traffic control in and out of the port. The daily cargo flow, he said, had increased from 1,200 to an average of 1,700 containers.
“Re-routing of trucks heading to and from the port by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has drastically reduced congestion to the Port’s Kipevu gate,” Osero said.
He said that port clearance has also improved, with a new thrice-daily verification schedule at 09:30, 12:00 and 16:00 hours. He added that transhipment cargo operations have shifted to Berth 19 for ro-ro shippers creating more working space for transit traffic.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta recently directed relevant departments operating at the port to urgently deal with congestion and delay problems.
The president held a meeting in Nairobi with relevant departments involved in the running of the Port of Mombasa specifically to address inefficiencies at the port, directing officials to streamline and standardise operations in order to enhance efficiency.
He directed that the multiple government players involved in port operations be properly co-ordinated under the leadership of the KPA managing director.