LAMU PORTManda Bay, Lamu County

A new 32 Berth port at Lamu (Kenya)

Lamu Port Profile

Location:            Lamu County

Cost:                     480 M US$

Source of funds: Government of Kenya

Cargo type:          General

Berth 1 throughput 2020: 400,000.00 TEUs

Maximum depth:                   17.5 M

Hinterland links:                   Road

Main Markets:                      Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan

Cost Estimate

  • Lamu Port Project, with 32 Deep Sea Berths estimated to cost US$ 5 Billion. The cost for the Short-term Plan, including the First Three Berths in the Urgent Plan of Lamu Port, is estimated to be US$ 689 million, taking account of dredging and reclamation; construction of berths and yards; construction of revetment, causeway and road; construction of buildings and utilities; procurement of equipment and tug boats; and others.

Economic Evaluation

  • The EIRR for the Long-term Lamu Port Development Plan is assessed to be 23.4%. The cargo-wise EIRRs are 28.5%, 24.5% and 17.1% for general cargo, container cargo and bulk cargo, respectively. All of these figures indicate that the Lamu Port Project is viable economically in consideration of the opportunity cost of 12% p.a.

Financing Plan

  1. The 1st 3 Berths will be fully financed by the Government of Kenya.
  2. The remaining 29 Berths will be financed by Private Sector Investors

Current Status

  1. Construction of the 1st berth is complete while the overall completion rate is at 86% as at December 2020.
  2. Berth 2 and 3 are expected to be completed by October 2021.
  3. Major auxiliary facilities are in place, with the Port Headquarters and the Lamu Port police station, Port Management Housing Scheme and port workshop completed. Currently the Port Management Houses are occupied by port security/police officers.
  4. Electric power has been delivered from Rabai to Lamu via a 220 KV line to power the infrastructure. The water reticulation network to the port has been undertaken.
  5. Negotiations are taking place between the Government, through Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and the Lamu Port Consortium led by Transnet and DBSA to operate the 1st three berths and to develop the next three berths.
  6. Operationalization of Lamu Port is underway, in compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s set of security measures for Ships and Ports (ISPS code), and Marine Pollution Conventions.
  7. A Transaction Advisory (TA) Consultancy for Lamu Port and the Lamu Special Economic Zone which is structuring the first phase of the berths to determine their operating model is ongoing since December 2018. The TA is also is instrumental in packaging the projects to bankability level and undertake investor market sounding.


  1. Feasibility studies for Lamu Port and SEZ carried out and completed in 2011
  2. The contract for the construction of the 1st 3 berths was signed on the 1st of August 2014 with a Chinese EPC.
  3. Detailed Engineering Studies carried out for the 1st 3 berths which are now classified as a priority project for off-take of the rest of the project components.
  4. Environmental and Social Impact Assessment study completed and approved by the National Environmental Management Authority in 2014
  5. The Authority has procured the services of a Transaction Adviser to package the Lamu Port for Investments.
  6. Dredging began in October 2016 and is currently ongoing.
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