The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) freight service got a major boost after the world’s largest container shipping line Maersk ran two full block trains from Mombasa to the Nairobi Inland Container Depot.
The two trains, which had 108 exclusive Maersk cargo each, left Mombasa at 2 pm and 4 pm respectively.
Kenya Railways Business, Commercial and Operations team leader James Siele said the cargo was being offloaded straight from the ship and loaded directly on the SGR freight trains.
“This actually saves time and we expect the first train to reach Nairobi before the ship sails off from the port of Mombasa,” said Siele.
He said Kenya Railways is now transporting 432 containers via the SGR daily.
“We are now doing four trains that transport 432 containers daily. Next month we want to increase the number to five trains,” he said.
KPA head of operations Captain William Ruto said the offloading of cargo straight from the ship to the SGR cargo trains shows improved efficiency.
“The containers were offloaded directly from the ship and loaded on the cargo train in what has proved to be advantageous in terms of saving time and cost,” said Ruto.
He said KPA is working with KRC and Kenya Railways to ensure smooth flow of cargo.