Established in 1978 through an Act of Parliament, the Kenya Ports Authority jurisdiction covers the Port of Mombasa and all scheduled seaports on Kenya’s coastline that includes Lamu, Malindi, Kilifi,Mtwapa, Kiunga,Shimoni, Funzi and Vanga.

The Port of Mombasa is the key entry and exit point for cargoes belonging to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Eastern DRC, Northern Tanzania, Southern Sudan and Ethiopia.

The fundamental social and economic role the Port of Mombasa plays in serving Kenya and the entire Great Lakes region cannot be overemphasized. As the regional economies continue to grow, so is our duty to beef up our operational strength in tandem with the increasing demand for imports and exports.

KPA handled one million TEUs in the year ending 31st December 2014 officially joining the league of top performing ports in the world, positioning itself the second in the Sub – Sahara region to handle more than one million containers in a year.

The Port of Mombasa received MV CLEMENS SCHULTE (the largest ever container vessel to call at the port measuring 255 meters long, 13.9meters draft, 37.3 meters wide) a Maersk vessel with a capacity of 6000 TEUs on Thursday 20th August 2015.


It is:

  • The most efficient port in the region being in the league of top performing ports
  • A 24 hour service port.
  • Has a dredged deeper channel to accommodate larger vessels
  • Has active government support to improve rail and road network and other infrastructure with the building of the standard gauge railway line connecting Kenya to Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan and Burundi in its’ second Phase of construction
  • Receives over 34 shipping lines calling with direct connectivity to over 80 ports.
  • Has proximity to the Great Lakes Region with regional offices in Uganda, Rwanda & Burundi to facilitate documentation and cargo tracking
  • Equipped with modern facilities and served with private cargo freight stations near the Port.
  • Capable of handling the largest floating passenger ship, the Queen Mary II.


Kenya Ports Authority carries out the following key activities in Mombasa:

  • Marine Services
  • Pilotage, towage, mooring, dry docking, provision of aids to navigation, and maintenance of the channel and turning basin.
  • Stevedoring & Shore handling services
  • Cargo handling services for containers, general cargo (loose cargo including motor vehicles), dry bulk and bulk liquid and
  • Reception of cruise passengers

Handled 12,145 cruise passengers in 2013.

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