Kenya’s port of Lamu receives cargo

The aerial photo from May 16, 2021 shows an overview of the first berth at Lamu Port in Kenya. / Cui Weibao / Xinhua

The Chinese newly built port of Lamu on the Kenyan coast has received the largest transshipment cargo for the Tanzania port of Zanzibar, a government official said.

Joseph Toni, regional coordinator for the southern region at the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), said the cargo had arrived on board the MS Seago Line Istanbul and was processed through the integrated customs management system (iCMS).

“The port of Lamu has received a shipment of 365 containers with transshipment cargo, the largest and sixth shipment that has been shipped to the port since it was opened,” Toni said in a statement published on Saturday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta inaugurated the first berth in Lamu Port, part of the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET), in May to pave the way for bulk carrier docking.

The seaport in the Lamu Archipelago is being built by the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and will have a total of 32 berths when completed.

Toni said the arrival of the Maersk Shipping Line ship carrying a total of 490 TEU (twenty foot equivalent units) of cargo is a vote of confidence in the port of Lamu.

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