This weekend marks a significant milestone for the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) as it eagerly awaits the arrival of three ship-to-shore gantry cranes to bolster operations at the Lamu Port.

The delivery, slated for Sunday, comes amidst growing interest from neighbouring countries, particularly Ethiopia and South Sudan, in utilizing the port's services.

"We are set to receive the first three ship-to-shore gantry cranes this Sunday, along with a substantial consignment of bulk cargo," announced William Ruto, the Managing Director of KPA, during a charitable event where Ramadan food items were donated to Muslim communities across Mombasa, Kwale, and Lamu counties.

Ruto further elaborated on recent developments, highlighting a recent road survey to Moyale, a journey undertaken in collaboration with KPA Chairman Benjamin Tayari.

"Security along this route is commendable, with noticeable improvements," he remarked, underscoring the commitment to enhancing logistical infrastructure crucial for regional trade.

Reflecting on recent trends, Ruto noted a notable surge in transhipment activity, with a 30-40 per cent increase observed.

He attributed this growth not only to inefficiencies in other regional ports but also to recent disruptions in cargo movement, particularly following the Suez Canal blockage earlier this year.

"KPA has a track record of breaking records. I want to commend my team for breaking a record in March by handling over 180,000 TEUs. We are now approaching the 500,000 TEUs mark," Ruto proudly stated, emphasizing the agency's resilience and capacity to adapt to evolving challenges in the shipping industry.

Indeed, the shipping industry has encountered numerous challenges, including geopolitical tensions such as the Houthi attacks in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.

Despite these hurdles, the KPA remains steadfast in its commitment to facilitating efficient maritime trade and fostering economic growth in the region.

As the cranes make their way to Lamu Port, anticipation is high for the opportunities they will unlock, further cementing Kenya's position as a key player in the global logistics network.

With Ethiopia and South Sudan expressing keen interest, the stage is set for enhanced collaboration and mutually beneficial partnerships in the realm of maritime commerce.