The proposed second Lamu port is not in competition but in complementary with the port of Mombasa, Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau has reaffirmed, writes NANA BEAT.
Ndua who spoke during the celebrations to mark the one million containers at the port of Mombasa along berth no. 19 on New Year eve said the second port aims at improving efficiency and empower economy growth in the area.
Eng Kamau who was flanked by his principal secretary Nduva Muli said the government has plans to improve Lamu’s economy, obstacles would be resolved by his ministry and the treasury.
The Cabinet Secretary said the government has introduced weighing of cargo vehicles while moving along the highway instead of stopping at weigh bridges across the country.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho urged the national government to collaborate with the county government to introduce trans-shipment business at the port of Mombasa.
He said the trans-shipment business is expected to improve on twenty-foot equivalent unit ([TEU’s) annually to the required standard.
“Come this year the twenty-foot equivalent unit expects to surpass one million containers.” he disclosed.
Dock Workers Union (DWU) Secretary General Simon Sang urged Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to embrace the performance contract to the employees to enable them evaluate both the work force output and input.
He said the DWU has been pushing for the commencement of the performance contract since last year and described it as over due for the last five years.
Source: Hellenic Shipping News
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