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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 Mombasa

Gateway to East and Central Africa

Mombasa has for years been known as “the city of merchants” dating back to the times of Vasco Da Gama when Mombasa old port was used for trade between the East Coast of Africa and the Far East. After the construction of the Kenya Uganda Railway (1895-1902), a new port was born west of Mombasa Island. Subsequently the Port became an increasingly busy trading post for the region. Due to its strategic location, midway between South Africa and the Gulf of Aden, the Port has experienced tremendous traffic through the years.

The Port of Mombasa is the gateway to East and Central Africa and is one of the busiest Ports along the East African coastline. The Port provides direct connectivity to over 80 Ports worldwide and is linked to a vast hinterland comprising Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Northern Tanzania, Southern Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia by road. A railway line also runs from the Port to Uganda and Tanzania. The port is divided into two sections designated for conventional cargo operations comprising nine berths and container handling terminals comprising eleven berths, bringing the total berths at Mombasa to twenty. Container section is served by two terminals which make up the total container capacity of the Port to 2.2 million TEUs annually. The terminals are adequately equipped with shore and yard equipment to ensure faster and efficient movement of cargo.

Specialized Terminals

The Port of Mombasa operates specialized berths for express handling of specified cargo within the port. The Port has dedicated Berth 3, 9, Mbaraki Wharf, Base Titanium, Shimanzi Oil Terminal and Africa Gas and Oil Limited as specialized terminals for handling of Bulk Grains, Bulk Soda Ash, Bulk Clinker & Coal, Titanium, Bulk Liquid & Gas Cargo respectively.

Kipevu Oil Terminal

The new Kipevu Oil Terminal is an off-shore oil facility with an island terminal. The terminal facility has four berths with a total length of 770m and one work boat wharf at Westmont area for landing facilities. KOT facility handles six different hydrocarbon import and export products. It is also fitted with a Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) facility, crude oil and heavy fuel oil. KOT has provisions for handling three types of white oil products (DPK – aviation fuel, AGO – diesel and PMS – petrol). There are risers each dedicated to the separate oil products as well as six onshore pipelines that connect the terminal to the Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited and Kenya Pipeline Company storage tanks. Other support facilities of the KOT project include electrical power distribution system which is drawn from a substation on-shore. It also has an elaborate water supply and drainage system, firefighting and detection facilities, telecommunications SCADA and control monitoring systems, and navigation aids. The Terminal can accommodate three ships concurrently with a capacity of 170,000 DWT tons. A fourth berth has already been constructed provisionally, which will be fitted with facilities in future commensurate with demand, to be able to handle four ships at a go.

Cruise Terminal

We operate a modern state of the art passenger cruise terminal at the Port of Mombasa. Kenya is the ‘Home of the Safari’ and this facility caters to the cruise passengers from across the world that visit our magnificent country for the white sandy beaches and the safari adventures. The eco- friendly facility which is fully solar powered has modern amenities including passenger lobby, duty free shops, restaurants and conference facilities

Multipurpose Terminals

At the Conventional cargo, the port operates multipurpose berths that handle varied cargo. Berths 1 and 2 serve steel, container and RORO ships while berths 5,11 and 12 serve Conventional and Container ships with own gear.