Kenya Ports Authority has over the years invested massive
resources to build capacities of the port facilities to
meet market demands and remain competitive in the
ever-dynamic shipping and maritime industry.
The Port of Kisumu is situated on the shores of Lake
Victoria, the second largest freshwater lake in the
world which is shared by three countries namely Kenya,
Uganda and Tanzania. Established in 1901, the port has
been a critical link in an integrated East African
rail/water transportation system with particular focus
on freight transport. It is one of the biggest ports
that offer organized shipping services on the lake,
facilitating trade between the three countries and
growing the economy of western Kenya region.
The transit port focusses on transit cargo from Mombasa to the EAC
region; the export of regional products and import of local products
from Uganda and Tanzania, passenger ferrying and a logistics hub.
The Port of Kisumu occupies 17.5 hectares of land with an annual
cargo handling capacity of 25,000 TEUs. The port has recently
undergone massive rehabilitation works including dredging of the
channel to accommodate larger vessels, upgrade of physical
infrastructure and the improvement of safety and reliability of the
lake transport system. Currently, the port has a berth length of 300
meters and is envisaged to get an additional 400 meters of docking
area upon completion of dredging.