December 13, 2016: The government will allocate a further Sh10 billion for construction of the first three berths at Lamu port in the next financial year, according to Transport Principal Secretary IrunguNyakera.

When the project started in FY2016-17, it was also allocated Sh 10 billion. Nyakera said the works were progressing well slightly ahead of schedule at 12.5 per cent against a projected 12 per cent since construction kicked off with offices for the headquarters already complete.

“Construction of the three berths will be completed in late 2018 ready to receive the first vessel in 2019. Our objective in building berths is to open the project to private investors,” he said.

Nyakera said to ensure proper evacuation of cargo from the port, the government was fast-tracking construction of the Lamu-Witu-Garsen and Lamu-Witu-Garisa-Isiolo roads whose contracts had been awarded.

The port is projected to be one of the biggest in Africa receiving post Panamax vessels with a capacity of 19000 TEUs owing to deep waters allowing KPA to do trans-shipment business.

Mombasa port can accommodate upto 6000 TEUs.

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