Kenya moves to harmonise cargo clearance at sea port

The government has harmonised offloading and clearance of imported goods at the port of Mombasa to curb delays. Maritime and Shipping Affairs Principal Secretary, Nancy Karigithu, said the State wants to clear obstructions in clearance of cargo and reduce bureaucracy in handling of ships. Public and private sector agencies involved in ship, cargo, crew and passenger clearance are to link up with the Single Window System, she said. 


Hapag-Lloyd connects Middle East and East Africa with weekly service. Hapag-Lloyd is a multinational German-based transportation company. It is composed of a cargo container shipping line, Hapag-Lloyd AG, which in turn owns other subsidiaries such as Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

Starting April 2018, Hapag-Lloyd will launch a new weekly service between the Saudi Arabian port of Jeddah and the east coast of Africa. With the East Africa Service (EAS), the liner shipping company will be calling at the ports of Mombasa (Kenya) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) for the first time. These will be connected to Hapag-Lloyd’s existing global network via the Saudi Arabian port of Jeddah, as the central hub of the region. Hapag-Lloyd will initially deploy four vessels, each with a capacity of 1,200 TEU, in the EAS.

The fast-growing economies of countries in East Africa further inland from Kenya and Tanzania, which lack their own seaports, are also likely to benefit from this new offer, as it will give them improved access to the global market. Via the EAS, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Zambia will gain direct access to markets worldwide.

“With our EAS, we will be entering a trade which our customers have wanted us to serve. In the process, the EAS will benefit from Hapag-Lloyd’s strong presence in the Middle East and connect to our global network,” said Lars Christiansen, senior managing director region the Middle East. By selecting Jeddah as the main transhipment port, Christiansen added, Hapag-Lloyd can offer especially fast transit times significantly below those of its competitors.

 The first sailing in the EAS from Jeddah is planned for early April. The port rotation will be Jeddah – Mombasa – Dar es Salaam – Jeddah. Hapag-Lloyd will operate its East Africa Service in an entirely independent manner, without other shipping companies as partners.


Milaha has acquired its largest container vessel to date, Majd, a 3,768 TEU vessel. The 3,768 teu, Majd is set to join the Qatar company in the coming weeks as its containership fleet swells to 17 vessels.

The new vessel will be one of the 17 container vessels that the group operates, and is part of the ongoing expansion of the group’s overall fleet. Milaha currently fully owns and operates a fleet of over 80 vessels, including LNG and product tankers, offshore support vessels, container and bulk vessels, among other vessel categories.

Commenting on the new acquisition, Milaha’s President and CEO Mr. Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai said: “We are pleased to add Majd to our growing fleet in the few coming weeks. The new vessel is part of our strategy to optimize our container shipping network with larger tonnage to meet increasing customer demand for capacity and cost efficiency in a highly competitive market. Majd will be phased into our existing network and will gradually replace smaller tonnage.”

​Majd was built by STX Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in South Korea, and has a length overall (LOA) of 246.87 m and a deadweight of 44,985 metric tonnes.As it continues the expansion of its boxshipping services Milaha has acquired its largest container vessel to date.

Milaha has undertaken a major expansion of its container shipping services after Qatar came under sanctions from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt last year.