CONSTRUCTION of the second container terminal at the port of Mombasa is 50 per cent complete, the port management has said.
Kenya Ports Authority managing director Gichiri Ndua said the Sh 26 billion project which is scheduled to be ready by 2016 will add a capacity of 15 million tonnes to the Port.
Ndua said the new terminal will handle 1.2 million twenty feet equivalent units (TEUs) bringing the total capacity of the port to an estimated 2.1 million TEUs.
The terminal west of Kipevu Oil Terminal is being constructed on 100 hectares of reclaimed land and will have three berths measuring 230, 320 and 350 metres.
"The terminal will expand container handling capacity of the port of Mombasa in order to match future trends, stay competitive in cargo handling and facilitate economic development in the northern corridor," said Ndua.
Ndua said the facility will enhance Kenya's chances of becoming a transshipment port.
"We will enhance our campaign starting September to make Kenya a transshipment port. We want to raise transshipment cargo from 0.7 per cent to 1.5 per cent but our dream is to have a five per cent transshipment cargo at our port," Ndua said.
KPA projects to handle close to one million TEUs by the end of 2013.