Container cargo transportation from the Port of Mombasa by road declined by 1,119 or 10.37 per cent to record 9,667 Twenty Feet Equivalent Units (TEUs) in the last week of October. This decrease was attributed to withdrawal of trucks by owners in fear of insecurity along the northern corridor during the October 26 fresh Presidential election.
Deliveries by train also dropped by four TEUs, recording 308 TEUs as the same scenario was also witnessed in the delivery of empty containers by road transport which went down by 1,052 TEUs. During the week under review, 11 container vessels went alongside the container terminals recording ship average working time of 1.82 days. Container dwell time registered 3.92 days.
The ships discharged 11,861 TEUs, full and empty and loaded another 12,517 TEUs for export. The total container yard population registered 14,438 TEUs, recording a minimal increase of 27 TEUs compared to the previous week.
The new container population comprised 7,907 TEUs awaiting pickup order, 2,507 TEUS ready for collection and 309 TEUs full exports (nominated/un-nominated).Others included 774 TEUs transhipments, 2,077 TEUs empties and 864 TEUs at the Customs warehouse.
Container Freight Stations received 823,174 TEUs, delivered to the consignees, 819,604 TEUs leaving a balance of 3,570 TEUs. Imports population breakdown showed that both local and transit bound containerised cargo increased by 524 TEUs and 582 TEUs respectively compared to the previous week.