Mom­basa port go­ing green in global drive

The East African - - BUSINESS - By Gitonga Marete

KENYA IS trans­form­ing the port of Mom­basa into a “green” fa­cil­ity, in line with a global mar­itime ini­tia­tive to help mit­i­gate the ef­fects of car­bon emis­sions.

Un­der the ini­tia­tive spear­headed by the In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IMO), ship­pers will from as early as next year, be re­quired to adopt new mea­sures to ad­dress the neg­a­tive im­pact of their oper­a­tions on the en­vi­ron­ment.

As part of on­go­ing talks, mem­ber states of the IMO met re­cently in Lon­don where the du­ra­tion of short, medium and long-term mea­sures formed part of the agenda. Pro­vi­sional agree­ments are to be rat­i­fied at the Marine En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Com­mit­tee meet­ing of the IMO in April next year.

In Kenya, the port man­age­ment has al­ready ac­quired en­ergy-ef­fi­cient mo­bile har­bour cranes, and is de­vel­op­ing a waste man­age­ment plant. The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) is also putting up ter­races in steep ar­eas. Other mea­sures in­clude re­plac­ing as­bestos roofs with alu­minium sheets to al­low rain wa­ter har­vest­ing and in­stal­la­tion of so­lar pan­els.

“The cranes will pro­vide dust- and spillage-free un­load­ing through a sys­tem that also cuts run­ning ex­penses by 30 per cent on av­er­age,” said KPA man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Cather­ine Mturi-wairi.

The project is be­ing im­ple­mented un­der the Mom­basa Re­silient In­fra­struc­ture Pro­gramme with fund­ing from Trade­mark East Africa.

Also on the cards is the es­tab­lish­ment of the Mar­itime Tech­nol­ogy Co-op­er­a­tion Cen­tre to aid data col­lec­tion on ship fuel con­sump­tion, and the adop­tion of low-car­bon tech­nolo­gies. It is be­ing hosted by the Jomo Keny­atta Univer­sity of Agri­cul­ture and Tech­nol­ogy, the Kenya Mar­itime Authority (KMA) — which will sub­mit the data to the IMO data­base — and KPA.

“These pi­lot projects are meant to give in­sights into de­car­bon­i­sa­tion of the mar­itime and ship­ping in­dus­try,” said KMA act­ing di­rec­tor-gen­eral Cos­mas Cherop.

The Mom­basa port. Mea­sures to help mit­i­gate the ef­fects of car­bon emis­sions are be­ing put in place.

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