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 Small Ports

​​​​ Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has assigned the “Consultancy Services for the Master Planning for Ports” to Rotterdam based Maritime & Transport Business Solutions (MTBS). MTBS carries out this project together with Runji & Partners from Nairobi. The objective of the assignment is to develop a Master Plan study that will facilitate the development of these Kenyan ports taking due cognizance of the long term development framework as outlined under Vision 2030. This report contains port development plans for eight out of the eleven assessed potential port sites. The KPA is responsible for the port of Mombasa and today’s coastal small ports such as Funzi, Shimoni and Vanga located in the south coast, Mtwapa, Kilifi, Malindi, Lamu and Kiunga further north. Apart from these ports, an assessment has been made regarding potential other port sites along the coast. Two additional potential port sites, which do not fall under the KPA Act, have been identified. The additional ports are Takaungu and Ngomeni. Takaungu concerns a giant land site in possession of KPA. Ngomeni on the other hand is selected for its good natural harbour conditions.

The Government of Kenya and KPA are developing a second commercial port at Manda Bay, Lamu. The port is being developed to tap into the South Sudan and Ethiopian Markets under the LAPSSET initiative. It shall consist of a total of 32 Berths when fully completed. To start with KPA is developing three multipurpose berths. Currently the contractors China Communication Construction Company are onsite and construction has commenced. The port will be linked to its hinterland of South Sudan, Ethiopia by oil pipelines, super highways and standar​d ga​uge rail. This is a new transport corridor known as the LAPSSET corridor.


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