First cargo vessel to dock at Lamu port 


Lamu port registered its first cargo vessel with humanitarian food assistance as donation from the US government.

Kenya Ports Authority [KPA] General Manager for Lamu Port Eng. Vincent Sidai welcomed the arrival of MV African Swan carrying relief food for North Eastern region residents.

He said it will be the first time to witness trucks carrying cargo for transportation outside the Lamu port since it was established in 2021 by former retired President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“The vessel makes history for being the first to bring food donation into the country through the port,” he pointed out.

Sidai said the truck drivers will have the taste of transporting the food donation through the Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia Transport Corridor [LAPSSET] roads infrastructure to the designated areas.

He was addressing the media during the reception of the vessel along berth number 2 in Lamu County. The vessel has brought into the country 7,300 metric tons of sorghum and yellow peas as humanitarian assistance destined for arid counties from the US government.

The KPA officer told the media that  the arrival of the cargo vessel at the Lamu port is a big day and lauded the US government  for using the corporation facility.  

Sidai, who was flanked by World Food Programme (WFP) head of supply chain Shane Prigge applauded sentiments made by Shane that they are ready to continue using the Lamu county facility.

He added that the WFP officials are happy with the newly acquired equipment for offloading both cargo and goods.

“The vessel is the 44th to dock at the Lamu facility since it was commissioned,” he disclosed.

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