The Lamu port is Kenya’s newest infrastructure project and the second deep-water port.The Lamu port is part of a transport corridor between Lamu: a small archipelago north of Mombasa in Kenya – South Sudan and Ethiopia.
Built by the China Communication Construction Company, the first three of the planned 32 berths come at a cost of $367 million. Since the first berth is complete, work on two more berths has begun. It is expected to be complete before the end of October, marking the completion of the first phase of the port’s development.
Its new aim is to integrate marginalised northern Kenya into the Kenyan economy and the nation. One opportunity this port presents is a promising, huge investments in the port and the creation of hundreds of jobs. The Kenyan government has persistently argued that the Lamu port will become a viable and necessary complement to the hub of Mombasa.
Since the port will primarily serve as a transshipment hub, it’s expected to attract key shipping lines by competing with the ports of Djibouti and Durban in South Africa. In addition it would serve key markets in southern Ethiopia and South Sudan.
So far, around 19 shipping lines have inspected the port. The Kenya Ports Authority anticipates many will use it and take the generous promotional offers currently in place.