Bulk Clinker tops weekly Conventional cargo
Mombasa – February 6,2020
Bulk Clinker imports recorded 110,800 metric tonnes to emerge the leading conventional cargo handled in the week ended February 5th, 2020.
Weekly performance statistics compiled by the Conventional Cargo Department confirmed that the bulk cargo accounted for 42.07 percent of the total 263,384 metric tonnes handled. As a tradition, bulk clinker is discharged directly from the ships to awaiting trucks queuing at the quay apron ready for delivery to cargo freight stations. Hundreds of trucks were witnessed making port return trips to evacuate the dusty cargo.
Direct discharge of bulk clinker from the ship at the Port.
It was another busy week for the conventional cargo terminal as 19 vessels docked, handling an average of 32,923 metric tonnes per day. Bulk wheat turned out the second largest cargo after registering 63,198 metric tonnes followed by steel that recorded 28,644 metric tonnes, 24,454 metric tonnes of bulk fertilizer, 20,460 metric tonnes of bulk sea salt and 405 metric tonnes of project cargo.
Also handled at the general cargo berths were 12,818 metric tonnes stuffed in containers. Cargo deliveries from the cargo terminal registered a total of 198,229 metric tonnes by road transport compared to,63198 metric tonnes that exited the port by the conveyor belt. The terminal also saw 1001 units of motorcars and 114 trucks roll-off from various motorcar carriers.
Motorcars delivered under direct release recorded 1023 units leaving a balance of 80 units while 12 other units were placed for transhipment.
An on the spot check at the container operations revealed that nine container vessels just like the previous week docked to load and discharge containerized cargo. The vessels registered a ship average working time of 3.42 days as import container dwell time recorded 3.79 days.
Handling of empty containers.
A total of 12,003 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), full and empty were discharged from the ships compared to 15,383 TEUs handled in the previous week. The container ships loaded 14,699 TEUs, full and empty up from 13,534 TEUs in the previous week.
Container offtake from the Port showed that road transport dominated the deliveries recording 7,804 TEUs while the Standard Gauge Railway(SGR) registered 4,425 TEUs.
Container population at the designated container stacking yards revealed that 5,936 TEUs were transit bound while locally destined containers recorded 2,086 TEUs. Import container breakdown revealed that Uganda dominated the transit market segment accounting for 4,647TEUs. Other transit destinations included the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which recorded 414 TEUs, followed by Tanzania with 385 TEUs, Rwanda with 272 TEUs, South Sudan with 163 TEUs. Burundi and Somalia registered 12 TEUs and 40 TEUs respectively.
Meanwhile, 17 container carriers were expected to dock at the Container terminals in the next 14 days. The vessels were expected to discharge 9,700 TEUs and load 11,817TEUs. Conventional cargo terminal expected 16 general cargo ships to discharge 353533 metric tonnes.