The Star (Nairobi)

4 July 2014

Kenya: Dock Workers Displaced By Port Privatisation

THE ongoing privatisation of the port of Mombasa has been criticised by the Dock Workers Union. President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the port on Monday.

The port will be managed by government units and the private sector. The chatter under its infrastructure and strategic development indicates that KPA will outsource all stevedore services to the private sector.

Stevedoring involves the loading and unloading of ships.

The charter indicates that the conventional cargo berths will be operated by 'footloose' operators and will be extended from stevedoring to shore-handling services.

It will cover operations from berths 1-10.

Specialized berths, wharfs and facilities for handling specific cargo such as soda ash, bulk grain and cement will be handled by the private sector through licensing arrangements.

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