PORT 2001 – 2003
Port of Mombasa has maintained a steady performance growth for the
third year consecutively despite the economic hardship the country
results show that both financial as well as cargo tonnage
performance registered remarkable growth in the year 2002.
cargo recorded the highest performance of 305,000 TEUs compared to
the year 2001’s performance of 290,500 TEUs.
represented an increase of 14,927 TEUs or 5.1% growth. Import
containers increased from 134,497 TEUs in 2001 to 143,359 TEUs in
2002 giving a 6.6% growth.
total throughput, the port registered a minor reduction by 36,000
tons from 10.60 million tons in 2001 to 10.564 million tons in
represents a decrease of 0.34% although this was a drop from the
10.7 million tones projection that was anticipated. Most of the
cargo performance sectors continued to register remarkable
traffic grew from 303.00 tones in the year 2001 to 340,000 tons in
2002 giving an increase of 37,000 tons of 12.2%.
containers also grew by 1,599 TEUs from 25,769 TEUs in 2001 to
27,368 TEUs in 2002, a 6.2% growth.
this year the port acquired a new plot boat to boost pilotage
pilot boat is a multipurpose vessel as she can also be used for
patrolling and she has double the speed of the existing 4 pilot
acquisition of this boat is part of the on going equipment
rehabilitation and replacement program aimed at improving port
port equipment is expected. This will include one more pilot boat,
three berthing tugs, two – ship to shore gantry cranes (SSGs),
four rubber tyred gantry cranes, three reach stackers and five new
port has this year handled a big number of cargo ships, oil
tankers, fishing vessels, war ships and cruise vessels with more
than 27,000 seafarers working aboard these ocean-going vessels.
the year 2000 – 2003 the port recorded 10 cases of 110 seafarers
abandoned at the Mombasa Seaport.
abandoned seafarers of which had not been paid their salaries were
left without money or radio communications neither food and fresh
most of them have since gone back to their native countries. Three
of them are still stranded at the port of Mombasa and are facing
are literally starving and are dependent on handouts from
problems facing seafarers calling this region is the sea piracy,
armed robbery and stow way menace.
last June (27) Seven seafarers are being held captive in Somalia
aboard a Kingstown flagged cargo MV Sun wind and a Korean flagged
fishing vessel FV Beira 3 respectively.
hostages aboard the MV Sunwind are (8) eight Ukrainian Nationals
while the hostages aboard the FV Beria 3 are comprised of (3)
three Koreans, (9) nine Indonesians, and (9) nine Kenyans.
illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing has also
continued to be a big a problem in this region.
is disheartening to say that during this period the Mombasa port
has been a profit making parastatal board, but her labour force is
underpaid and work in a slave-like condition.
also hurts very much to note that the Mombasa port has since 1978
realized significant goals that have contributed substantially to
the general development of the National and Regional Economies
while 80% Kenyan seafarers are unemployed and are leaving in