The Kenya Ports Authority is leasing five peripheral facilities to store containers that are yet to be collected as it seeks to regain fluidity of the Inland Container Terminal in Nairobi.
Over 3,000 containers that have been at the facility for more than 21 days, are a setback that drags the depot’s efficiency that currently stands at 62 percent.
KPA is sourcing for more cargo storage space for the four inland depots as capacity of cargo services on the Standard Gauge Railway is doubled this December.
With the completion of Relief Line 2, a modern rail that connects Kipevu and Kilindini Harbors, the Kenya Ports Authority expects to scale up operations in three months.
The line that begun operations Monday, will facilitate cargo transportation from the Port of Mombasa to the four inland depots. On a daily basis, 8 or 9 cargo trains each carrying 864 containers transport cargo from the Port of Mombasa.
The Kenya Ports Authority is working with private entities to extend the operations from the Port of Mombasa as an alternative channel.
The Inland Terminal in Nairobi has a capacity to accommodate up to 14,000 containers. However it currently has over 10,000 containers. The chocking atmosphere has prompted KPA to lease 5 properties as storage yards to accommodate the expected influx of more containers.
Since the upgrade of Nairobi’s Inland Container Terminal last year, the volume of cargo has escalated to 104,000 containers in six months.