Thursday, 04 September 2014

Kenya urges Africa to expand ports to spur maritime trade

Kenya on Tuesday called on African governments to urgently expand their ports so as not to lose out on the resurgent global maritime trade.

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) chairman Danson Mungatana told a regional maritime conference in Nairobi that most of the African ports are experiencing between 10-12 percent growth.

"Over the last decade, the global maritime trade has been expanding. It is expected to grow by an average 7.5 percent over the next six years to around 840 million TEUs (Twenty Foot Equivalent Units) in 2016," Mungatana told delegates drawn from various countries in the region at the East Africa Transport Infrastructure Conference.

TEUs is a unit of cargo used to measure the capacity of ships and container terminals.

Mungatana said most ports in Africa will be unable to handle the bigger ships currently being built, owing to lack of capacity and use of old equipment.