President elect, Uhuru Kenyatta’s first engineering assignment after being sworn in next week will be to commission the 19th berth at the port of Mombasa. The commissioning is expected to take place by the end of this month.

The berth has been under construction since July 2011.According to an official at the Kenya Ports Authority, the berth is at now 96 per cent complete with only final touches remaining. Testing on the berth has been going on in since last month.

The 240 metre long berth is expected to boost container handling operations at the port as well as the increased capacity. The berth will have an annual capacity of 200,000 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs).

The extra capacity is expected to boost operations at the port that is currently witnessing increased traffic, driven by improved economic activity in neighbouring countries that depend on it for exports and imports.

The president-elect on a visit to the port last month said that that the port would remain in the hands of the government but stressed that measures would be put in place to ensure smooth clearance of goods.

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