Kisumu Port is ready to kickstart operations after the seventh-month upgrade period nears the end, a move aimed at improving maritime activities at Lake Victoria.
With the port ready to start handling cargo, some of the completed works include concreting of the port yard, construction of the quayside, repairs of the linkspan, repairs of the dry dock, rehabilitation of all buildings and repairing of all link roads to the port.
Additional facilities in place include forklift trucks, mobile cranes and tractor-trailers.
Kisumu Port, whose revamping cost approximately Kshs 700 million, will be able to handle both containerized and conventional cargo-carrying capacity of 200,000 metric tonnes.
The facility is set to boost regional trade within the East African Community by linking the towns of Kisumu, Mwanza and Bukoba, thus creating employment opportunities.