STAKEHOLDERS TOUR TO LAMU PORT
KTA together with other Stakeholders and more so players of the Mombasa Port Charter were invited by Kenya Ports Authority for a tour to the new Port facility which sits on a 20 acre land, reclaimed from the sea.
Preparedness by The Government and Its Agencies.
The meeting was chaired by the CS Treasury, Ukur Yatani, who was accompanied by CS petroleum and Mining John Munyes. The Cabinet Secretaries first met the senior officers from the Government agencies including; KPA, KRA, KRC, KeNHA, KEPHIS, KEBS, Port Health, Port Police, Immigration and County officials, in a closed door meeting before meeting the private stakeholders.
All the Government agencies later confirmed to the stakeholders that they have adequately prepared themselves and are ready to start their operation at the new port. Port
Lamu port sits on 20 acres of reclaimed land. Currently, the construction of the first 3 berths are complete, each berth has a length of 400m totaling to 1,200m with a depth of 17.5m.
Lamu port has a capacity of 12,960 TEUS, explained Eng. Amadi who is in charge of the port infrastructure.
The new port is expected to serve Eastern part of Kenya, Southern part of Ethiopia and South Sudan. Port of Lamu is also expected to be a trans-shipment hub and expected to serve west –African countries as well.
The KRA Board Chairman Amb. Francis Muthaura told stakeholders that they are working on manyincentives to offer to those who will opt to use the new port of Lamu. Among them being;
Transit period for transit cargo will be allowed to stay longer than the current 30 days,
Transaction fees per B/L shall be waived, Witnessing and stamping of transaction bonds will no longer be required, among many other incentives that are expected and will be aligned with the operationalization of newport.
The CS treasury told the meeting that Lamu – Ijara – Garissa road will be complete in one years time while the Isiolo – Mogadishu road is at the final stage of tender awarding.
Kenya Transporters Association told the meeting that transporters fear the insecurity in the region and more on the highways connecting the port.
KTA requested the government to beef up security so as to make the port viable for business.
The Port of Lamu will be commissioned on 20th May 2021, by His Excellency the President Hon.Uhuru Kenyatta. The first ever vessel is expected to dock on that date.