Kenya’s port of Mombasa falls behind Berbera in World Bank rankings


For the second year in a row, Kenya’s Port of Mombasa has ranked below Berbera in the #World_Bank’s Container Port Performance Index. Mombasa dropped to 328th position globally out of 405 ports, down from 326. Meanwhile, the Port of Berbera climbed to 106th from 144th, highlighting its increasing efficiency and prominence.

Despite Mombasa’s decline, it still fared better than Dar es Salaam, which fell to 367th from 312th, and Djibouti, which saw a significant drop from 26th to 379th. Berbera’s success is largely due to DP World’s takeover in 2017, leading to a 35% increase in cargo volumes and a 300% rise in vessel productivity. New digital systems and sustainable practices have also reduced vessel waiting times from days to hours.

The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) notes improvements at Mombasa, with the turnaround time for container vessels dropping from three days in 2022 to two days in 2023. Container dwell time also reduced from 3.9 to 3.5 days, and ship waiting time for containerized vessels fell to 0.2 days.