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Kenya's Lamu Port Is Oncourse To Become African Largest Port Before 2030

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Lamu Port upon Completion will have 32 berths. Already 3 berths have been completed: 1st berth is 100% complete while 2nd and 3rd berths are also complete awaiting completion of container yard which is 65% done, All berths are scheduled to be launch in October 2021.

Currently in Africa the largest port is Tangier Med Port in Morocco. In 2019 the port has been upgraded to handle 9 million containers and had been ranked 18th in the world. Tangier Med Port is made up of logistics zone, railway terminal, hydrocarbon terminal, a bulk terminal and vehicle terminal.

The Lamu Port upon Completion of its 29th berths will have already dwarf Tangier Med Port of Morocco. One berth at Lamu Port have a quay width of 400m long; Length of 1.2 Km; depth of -17m deep; will be able to anchor Post-Panamax or China-max ships or any other big ship in the world. Lamu Port is located at Manda Bay, it has abay, a deep natural habour and wide channel that can allow two big ships to overtake each other at the courseway. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

Lamu Port has come with SEZ which will spur industrialization in the region. Alot of products for export which will be manufactured at Lamu Port SEZ will be ship outside the country via Lamu Port.

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The port strategic position will also enable it to serve countries such as Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda, DRC, Rwanda, Northern Tanzania and beyond.

Recently, African Union endorsed LAPSSET project as one of the African Continental project. Henceforth, phase one of Lamu Port bis to connect it with above countries thereafter, phase two will connect Lamu port with the Port of Doula, Cameroon in the Atlantic Ocean. This will open up intra Africa trade, SGR line will be built to link the two sea ports.

Another key function of Lamu Port will also act as a transhipment port. Goods destined to Africa will be ship to Lamu in big ships thereafter subdivided into small ships destine to Primary Feeder Ports like Mombasa, Dar, Zanzibar, Maputo, Durban and Cape Town.

Also Lamu Port will supplement Mombasa Port which currently is experiencing congestion due to increase in logistics business in Mombasa and northern corridor.

Lamu Port when completed will provide a docking ground for containers ships destine to Africa. Currently Post Panamax Ships destined to Africa from far East Asian Countries like China, Japan, India, South Korea, Pakistan or even Europe dock at Singapore or Dubai ports for transhipment. Hence when Lamu Port operation starts all those business will move to Kenya.

Already good number of World Shippers such as MAERK, CMA, CGM, MSC, ARKAS and others have express interest in Lamu Port.

First berth is currently being equipped to start operation, when both the first three berths will be launch next year October Lamu Port container volume is projected to exceed Mombasa Port.

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