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SGR set to start handling conventional cargo at port - 9 months ago, 17 Apr 08:45

By: Brian Ocharo

The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) will soon start handling conventional cargo after extension of the railway line to cover 10 berths at the Port of Mombasa.

SGR project manager, Eng. Maxwell Mengich, said completion of the extension will make it possible for cargo discharged from a ship to be loaded directly onto the rail.

The extended line will be complete by August, with Kenya Railways (KR) managing director Atanas Maina indicating that construction work is more than 50 per cent complete.

“Its completion expected in four months’ time. The bridge is intended to connect SGR to berth number one to 10, which largely handles bulls and other conventional cargo,” Mr Maina said.

Its completion will enable the freight train to handle non-containerized (conventional) cargo such as fertilizers, grains and steels among others.

Mr Maina said the SGR line is currently connected to berths number 11 to 21, which mostly handle containerised cargo discharged at ...
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