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Kenya's Port of Lamu readies for official opening in October

DEVELOPMENT of the first berth at Kenya's Lamu port has been completed and port authorities aim to officially begin operations at the port in October

Kenya's Port of Lamu readies for official opening in October

DEVELOPMENT of the first berth at Kenya's Lamu port has been completed and port authorities aim to officially begin operations at the port in October

06 September 2019 - 19:00

DEVELOPMENT of the first berth at Kenya's Lamu port has been completed and port authorities aim to officially begin operations at the port in October. The facility has an initial annual container handling capacity of 400,000 TEU.

The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has already deployed dozens of workers at the port, with the number expected to grow to 1,000 when the first berth becomes fully operational, reported Nairobi's East African.



At least 33 shipping companies are expected to tour Lamu port this month. The tour is part of a Kenya Ports Authority-driven charm offensive to market and position the port as competitive among its regional peers, Djibouti and Port Sudan.



Kenya has also been holding talks with possible operators, including South African logistics giant Transnet SOC.



'The first berth of the port is complete. We are now in the process of acquiring land for a 500-metre-wide corridor that will enable construction of the crude oil pipeline and standard gauge railway. We want to secure the entire corridor for business,' said Lapsset corporate affairs manager Benson Thuita.


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