It is that time of year again when many of us wind down for some much needed relaxation, and a chance to spend time with family and friends to enjoy the festive season.

As you do that, I would like to wish all the KPA Management and staff a relaxing, happy and safe festive season.

I also thank you for your good work and dedication throughout 2019, which has enabled us to realize tremendous achievements in the Port.

We are extremely pleased by the outstanding performance in 2019 recording tremendous traffic growth that has surpassed our targets in most areas. All performance indicators have shown improved efficiency - Container Dwell Time has averaged 3.1 days while vessel productivity is at 33.8 moves per hour.

On the other hand, Ship Waiting Time has improved from 0.47 days in 2018 to 0.27 days currently, while Ship Turnaround Time is 3.4 days for all vessels. This is by all standards a good performance and we can only hope for continued improvement.

In terms of port development, we launched our Port Master Plan 2018-2047, which is a blue print that outlines our development road map for the next three decades. We shall continue to implement those projects aimed at taking our Port closer to being the regional Hub Port and realize our vision of being World Class Ports of Choice. Towards this end, we have commenced the construction of phase two of the Second Container Terminal, the first three berths of the Port of Lamu as well as revamping of the Port of Kisumu.

The Mombasa Port capacity will increase to above 2.5 million TEUs by 2022. The Port of Lamu will improve business links between Kenya and her neighbours of Ethiopia and South Sudan, thereby opening a new transit corridor. Equally, the Port of Kisumu will improve socio-economic wellbeing amongst the East African Community countries tapping a market of over 200 million people.

Some of the planned projects include the relocation of Kipevu Oil Terminal to a more spacious site to construct a terminal that will accommodate four large tankers including a gas handling facility. As the country and the region gear up for export of oil, a provision for export facility has been incorporated to enhance efficiency.

In order to improve the livelihood of the community in the maritime districts and to sustainably exploit the Blue Economy resources, we are planning to construct a fishing port at Shimoni, and revamp all small ports along Lake Victoria.

So as a new decade approaches, we turn our attention to bigger and better development to facilitate the realization of Kenya's VISION 2030, and the achievement of the BIG FOUR AGENDA.

I see nothing but exciting times ahead for the 2020s, as we continue to work as a dedicated team, with customer focus and improved community relations.

I wish you a Merry Christmas, a bright and successful 2020.


Dr. Arch. Daniel O. Manduku