First Ships Dock At Kenya's Lamu Deep Water Port (Reuters)

First Ships Dock At Kenya's Lamu Deep Water Port (Reuters)

The first ships docked at Kenya's deepwater Lamu Port. The country looks to open a new transport corridor linking its vast northern region and neighboring nations to the sea.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • The Lamu Port, built by China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), will cost $3 billion to complete over several years.
  • It will compete with ports in Djibouti and Sudan, and Kenya's main port of Mombasa.
  • There are, however, security concerns given the port's proximity to Somalia, from where al Shabaab militants make frequent incursions against targets on the lonely roads that cut across the jungles surrounding Lamu.
  • Kenya is building several roads from Lamu towards its borders with Ethiopia and South Sudan. It also plans to eventually build a railway network and a crude oil pipeline to Lamu.
  • A Chinese-built modern railway on that route angered cargo operators in 2019 when the government forced all importers to use it, instead of roads, to recoup the investment faster.

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