The Mombasa port project is due to take more time as completion of the US $4.5m state-of-the-art new cruise ship terminal will now take another one year owing to an extension in the project’s timeline. Making the announcement, Kenya Ports Authority Management, stated that the project has adopted a new completion scheduled of July 2019.
Kenya Ports Authority Head of Corporate Affairs Bernard Osero said the contractor is currently on phase 1C of the project, which entails the last finishes and installation of the key features that also include lifts.
“The project was divided in phases; phase 1A, 1B and 1C. We are now done with the first two phases and the contractor is on phase 1C, which is basically installation of key features of the project,” said Bernard Osero.
Once completed, the facility will have state-of-the-art security features, an immigration centre, hotel and accommodation facility and other social amenities. In addition, the terminal will also the simultaneous berthing of two Oasis-class cruise ship, which are among the world largest passenger ships.
The cruise ship terminal is part of phase two of the Mombasa port terminal which has been under construction since early 2017 with Japan financing the construction of the project. The port of Mombasa is a key gateway for trade in East Africa serving countries like Uganda, Rwanda, DR Congo, Burundi and Southern Sudan.
In last season’s circuit, Kenya recorded an impressive number of over 4,747 high-spending tourists from the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and other nationalities coming through the cruise ships. A total of six ships docked at the port of Mombasa between October 2017 and March this year.
Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) is a state corporation mandated to “maintain, operate, improve and regulate all scheduled seaports” on the Indian Ocean coastline of Kenya.