Kenya is banking on cargo transshipments to make the Lamu port viable, even as it eagerly awaits the docking of its first, the super post-Panamax vessel before the end of the year. The construction of three berths out of the 32 under the ambitious Sh2.5 trillion Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) corridor project is ongoing, and the first mother ship, with close to 10,000 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), is scheduled to dock in November. This will be slightly above the current record held by the Panama-flagged Mediterranean Shipping Company’s Maxine, with a container capacity of 9,411 TEUs, the largest container carrier to dock at the Mombasa port, last November. (…)