A sneak preview of Kenya's new passenger train. LIVE: Kenyan president to launch first cargo train on new rail link. Business Today: A closer look at Kenya Maritime Growth - 24/2/2017. Kenya Approved for Direct Flights to US. Two Nairobi hubs expanded to handle new railway cargo - Magazines. New trains and passenger coaches at Miritini station in Mombasa last week.
PHOTO | FILE Two Nairobi based customs facilities are being expanded to handle cargo as part of the country’s preparation for the high-speed train. Nairobi South Inland Container Hub, which is expected to be ready in May, will hold uncleared cargo, creating a micro-market for clearing and forwarding agents and container freight stations which are already being set up around the hub. Untitled. By MATHIAS RINGAMore by this Author The government is set to receive 50 more locomotives by May 2017, ahead of the commissioning of the Sh372 billion standard gauge railway (SGR) on June 1.
Kenya receives locomotives for China-funded railway. Kenyan Minister for Transport and Infrastructure James Macharia (C) and the Managing Director of the Kenya Railways Corporation Atanas Maina (R, front) attend the reception ceremony of the first batch of locomotives for the Mombasa-Nairobi standard gauge railway in Mombasa, Kenya, on Jan. 11, 2017.
Kenya has received six locomotives from China, which will run on a China-funded standard gauge railway (SGR) due to start trial operation in June. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo) MOMBASA, Kenya, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Kenya has received six locomotives from China, which will run on a China-funded standard gauge railway (SGR) due to start trial operation in June. A ceremony was held on Wednesday at a port station in the coastal city of Mombasa, where the locomotives docked on Monday. Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, James Macharia, and Chinese envoys attended the ceremony to receive the locomotives manufactured by the China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC). Kenya now opens direct flights talks with Algeria to boost Maghreb - Magazines. International arrivals terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.
PHOTO | SALATON NJAU Kenya is in talks with the Algerian government on the possibility of operating direct flights between the two countries in efforts to boost trade ties. Moyale Custom Border point: Border post links Kenya to Ethiopia, opening up trade in area. Kenya starts construction of cruise ship terminal at Mombasa seaport. MOMBASA (Reuters) - Kenya on Friday started constructing its first cruise ship terminal at its Indian Ocean seaport of Mombasa, hoping to boost tourism which brings in a substantial portion of the east African country's foreign exchange earnings.
Cruise ships currently use the main cargo terminal at Mombasa. The new facility will be the seaport's first terminal customised for the luxury vessels. The 350 million Kenyan shillings ($3.4 million) terminal is being constructed under joint funding by the Kenya government and a private firm, Trade Mark East Africa. Mombasa seaport's managing director, Catherine Mturi, said they expected the terminal to boost the facility's cruise tourist arrivals by an extra 140,000 visitors annually and generate $52 million in the same period. Last year, 10 cruise vessels carrying 6,000 tourists called at the port and the number is expected to rise this year, Mturi said. Kenyan freight specialist Astral Aviation eyes drone unit.
Astral Aviation (8V, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta) has established a new subsidiary to handle the Kenyan freight specialist's expansion into the drone niche market both at home and in Rwanda.
Airline CEO Sanjeev Gadhia told Business Daily Africa that Astral Aerial Solutions would, among other things, develop a drone hub at Kapese Airstrip in the oil-rich Lokichar basin to cater to the petroleum industry's logistical needs. The opening is expected to occur early next year. Astral Aerial Solutions will employ a fleet of FlyOx I amphibian drones, manufactured by Singular Aircraft, which can haul up to two tonnes of equipment over 1,200kilometres. It will also acquire a fleet of surveillance drones to monitor the movement of crude oil shipments between Kapese and Eldoret, he said. The Kenyan and Rwandan civil aviation authorities have become the first regulators in the Central and East African region to embrace drone technology.
Kenya launches second phase of Standard Gauge Railway project. Kenya : Kenya leads Africa in air transport growth - The Standard. Kenya had the highest increase of airline traffic in Africa over the last one year, following major conferences hosted in the country and a recovering tourism sector.
According to data from an industry research into air travel across the African continent, the number of passenger arrivals to Kenya since January has gone up 14.9 per cent compared to a similar period last year. “2016 has seen a good recovery in international air travel into and within Africa from the prolonged Ebola outbreak, which lasted from mid-2014 throughout 2015,” reads the report. Mauritius and South Africa saw their airline traffic grow by 11.6 and 11.4 per cent, respectively, in a year that East Africa enjoyed relatively higher airline traffic compared to other regional blocs. For Kenya's Wealthy, UberChopper Rises Above The Traffic. UberChopper.
Photo: petmaxflame Taxi-hailing app Uber has partnered with a Nairobi helicopter charter service, Corporate Helicopters, to transport business clients and the well-to-do across parts of Kenya without having to deal with automobile traffic. The service will be available in Mombasa and Nairobi, Ventures Africa reported.
Kenya : Kenya Ferry eyes expansion to Lamu and Kisumu ports - Standard Digital News. The board of directors at the Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) is eyeing expansion of its vital ferry services to cover the Lamu archipelago and Kisumu Port.
Speaking during a maiden tour of the KFS installations in Mombasa, newly appointed KFS board chairman , Mr Ramadhan Kajembe said that they were a national entity with a national mandate, hence the need to explore areas outside Mombasa. “This is not Mombasa Ferry Services, but Kenya Ferry Services. We intend to open our services in Lamu and the Lake Victoria region so that we can have national outlook,” explained Mr Kajembe. At the sometime, KFS has pledged that its services at the Mtongwe Channel will resume in October this year to help ease heavy traffic along the busy Likoni Channel. Mr Kajembe who was accompanied by KFS Managing Director, Bakari Ngowa said Mtongwe operations will also resume once ongoing repairs and dry dock maintenance of all ferries is completed.
Board meeting. Truck business future in limbo as SGR becomes a reality. YouTube. Fastjet arrives in Kenya Welcome to Nairobi.
On arrival of fastjet’s inaugural service from Dar es Salaam, the High Commissioner of the United Republic of Tanzania, John Michael Haule, lead a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially declare the route open. On hand to help him with the proceedings were fastjet’s East Africa airlines GM, Jimmy Kibati, and Director of fastjet Tanzania, Ami Mpungwe. After, a traditional cake cutting ceremomy also took place with Kibati, Mpungwe and Haule being joined by fastjet Managing Partner, Lawrence Masha, and GM Marketing and Business Development, Kenya Airports Authority, William Simbah. E-commerce drives upsurge of courier shipments in Kenya. Most courier companies have identified e-commerce as a high potential growth driver. In the parking lot outside Africa Internet Express’ (AIX) warehouse in Nairobi’s Baba Ndogo estate, close to twenty semi-trailer trucks and a hundred motorcycles, decorated with logos of different companies providing courier services, wait to be loaded with packages for delivery across the country to consumers who shopped online.
Africa Internet Express (AIX) saw the blessings of e-commerce in Kenya and moved fast to incorporate established and growing logistics providers into a single network to provide a constant stream of business through the consolidation of sales volumes from two e-commerce marketplaces; Jumia and Kaymu and meet the exponential needs of online shoppers and sellers. Jonathan Parisot, MD Africa Internet Express (AIX) Kenya said, “Every day we process thousands of orders from Jumia and Kaymu customers for delivery across the country within a specified timeline. Construction of Kenya Railways Picking Up. Fastjet Plc begins daily Kenya Tanzania flights.
Rift Valley Railways flags off 120 new train wagons. NAIROBI, KENYA: Regional rail operator, Rift Valley Railways (RVR) will on Friday flag off the first shipment of 120 new train wagons from the port of Mombasa signaling the end of the capital expenditure as RVR shifts focus to meet market demand. The wagons are part of 480 wagons purchased from China CNR Corporation earlier this year and will see the tonnage capacity increase by 50 percent.
The wagons will see the fleet size increase and move up to 60 tonnes on each wagon compared to 40 tons allowed in the current wagon fleet. Jambojet: Our plans to dominate budget airline industry. Low-cost carrier Jambojet last month reported net profits of Sh57 million for the first six months of its financial year. The results that covered April to September 2015 were welcome news for shareholders, who absorbed a Sh237 million loss over a similar period last year. Jambojet, which operates a Boeing 737 and leased Bombardier planes between major Kenyan cities, was started by national carrier Kenya Airways last year. The budget airline reported a 14 per cent increase in passenger numbers in its latest financials, with planes flying 75 per cent full, up from 60 per cent.
Kenya's Mombasa port shows growth, increased efficiency. NAIROBI (Reuters) - Shipping activity at Kenya's port of Mombasa, East Africa's biggest, rose by 11 percent in the first half of 2015 as vessel wait times fell, the national port authority said on Wednesday. Gichiri Ndua, Kenya Ports Authority managing director, said the performance reflected progress in the integration of east African countries to ease the flow of trade. The port, a major trade gateway to east Africa, handles imports such as fuel for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kenya, which faces increasing competition from other countries like Tanzania and Djibouti in the bid to serve land-locked and rapidly-growing neighbours, said increasing port efficiency is central to its infrastructure plan.
Kenya has begun construction of a Chinese-funded rail line, which will connect Mombasa to the Ugandan capital Kampala, speeding the flow of goods and taking pressure off its congested road network. (Editing by Edith Honan and Susan Thomas) Kenya Ferry to erect Sh4bn cableway at Likoni - Corporate News. Commuters aboard the MV Kilindini prepare to disembark. Motorists will pay higher toll charges at the Likoni channel in Mombasa after the Transport ministry approved new tariffs. Photo/FILE Nation Media Group Kenya Ferry Service plans to put up an express cable car service at Mombasa’s busy Likoni crossing, KFS Managing Director Musa Hassan Musa has said. The plan is to erect a 1,300-metre-long cableway link Mombasa island and the mainland, that will have up to 28 cabins making a crossing every three minutes carrying about 40 people, allowing KFS to move 11,000 commuters per hour across the channel. Kenya Airways opens direct route to connect Vietnam with Africa.
Kenya: Mombasa Port to Hit a Million Containers Record in 2014. SA, Kenya sign maritime integration strategy - Companies. Independent MediaTransnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) chief executive Tau Morwe, left, and Justus Nyarandi of the Kenya Port Authority (KPA), sign a memorandum of understanding. Phyllis Difeto, TNPA chief operating officer, left, and KPA's Addraya Dena, watch. Business - Beyond tourism: Airline looks to Northern Kenya. Regional airline Safarilink Aviation recently embarked on an ambitious expansion plan that saw it launch operations in traditionally marginalised areas such as Lodwar and Lokichar in Turkana County. According to Managing Director John Buckley, the introduction of these new flight routes provides an opportunity for Safarilink to support development beyond tourism. Introducing Africa's next big attraction-The JKIA Greenfield Terminal.
Kenya's Mombasa port traffic up 13 percent in H1C. Jambojet to charge alltime low fares in May. First female African Dreamliner Captain announced by Kenya Airways. In the world of aviation, Kenya Airways (KQ) has today announced a first - that Captain Irene Koki Mutungi was promoted to be the first African Captain on the world’s latest plane, the Boeing B787 Dreamliner. Kenya starts work on $650m airport expansion. Border decongestion plan. Kenya prepares for US$22 million online cargo system launch. Lamu’s post-Panamax ready port will be Africa’s largest - Business - www.theeastafrican.co.ke. Airport expansion boosts Lamu tourism - Corporate News. Tourists could later this year start flying directly to Lamu after the expansion of Manda Airstrip is completed in May at a cost of Sh1 billion. Lamu Tourist Association vice chairman Alwy Ghalib said the upgrade of the runway could encourage international airlines to start flying between Lamu and various airports in Europe, Asia and America.
“We expect tourists to fly directly from their countries to Lamu instead of making cumbersome connection from Nairobi and Mombasa,” he said. The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) started the expansion involving a new terminal, a two-kilometre runway, a fire station, water supply and fencing two years ago to allow the landing of bigger planes. Finweek TV Imperial - African strategy. Kenya: Construction of Second Container Terminal Begins in Kilindini. Freight Forwarders & Logistics - Kenya. Generator Movement - Kenya 2011 One of the largest units handled in the Port of Mombasa in 2011 was a 120 MT Generator for a refinery, which was custom cleared by FFK and safely delivered to site. 2011 Rig Move for Oil & Gas Service Provider- Uganda FFK was awarded the project to mobilise over 800 tons of Rig Camp Equipment destined for Uganda. Among the biggest equipment, FFK with their subsidiary Transeast Ltd loaded 5 abnormal cargos over 45 tons each and delicately placed on specialised modular low bed trailers.
The operation went on for 3 days & night with experienced personnel & specialised equipment at ground. Gold Processing Plant for Banro Corporation D.R.C. News : Mbita ferry launched.