KPA ac­quires two cranes for Sh870m to speed up clear­ance of cargo

Business Daily (Kenya) - - ECONOMY & POLITICS - James Ngun­jiri Ngun­­tion­

The Kenya Ports Author­ity (KPA) has ac­quired two cranes to boost cargo clear­ance at the Port of Mom­basa.

The cranes are able to han­dle two ves­sels at one go, re­duc­ing ships’ wait­ing pe­riod. The pro­cure­ment of the cranes was funded by Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) through the UK gov­ern­ment’s In­ter­na­tional Cli­mate Fund (ICF) at a to­tal cost of Sh868.27

New cranes are part of ef­forts to re­vamp the port’s in­fra­struc­ture

mil­lion. TMEA in a state­ment yes­ter­day said each of the equip­ment has a dust con­trol sys­tem that min­imises run­ning ex­penses by 30 per cent on av­er­age.

“The Eco Hop­pers will com­ple­ment mo­bile har­bour cranes for dry bulk cargo han­dling,” TMEA said, adding the cranes are part of ef­forts to re­vamp the port’s in­fra­struc­ture. “These cranes are aimed at mit­i­gat­ing the neg­a­tive ef­fects on the en­vi­ron­ment. They are a first of their kind to be de­ployed in East and South­ern Africa,” the state­ment added.

Among the mod­erni­sa­tion projects at the port in­clude the con­struc­tion of the phase one of the sec­ond con­tainer ter­mi­nal which in­creased the port’s an­nual ca­pac­ity by 550,000 TEUS.

Oth­ers are the con­struc­tion of Berth No.19, and the dredg­ing of the en­trance chan­nel which has en­abled the port to han­dle larger ves­sels.

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