MOMBASA Kenya Ports Authority --
Kenya Ports Authority have
this week acquired one new Ship to Shore (STS) Gantry Crane and eight
Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) Cranes to boost efficiency and
productivity at the Port of Mombasa.
Engineering Services Eng. Rashid Salim who received the equipment on
behalf of the Managing Director Mrs. Catherine Mturi-Wairi, said
this was the first consignment of the four (STS) and 12 RTGs ordered
by the Authority from Japan at a total cost of Ksh 6.68 Billion.
Today’s new arrivals brings the total number of RTG cranes at the
Port of Mombasa to 46 and STSs to 13, which means that the movement
of import containers from the berths (and export containers to the
berth) will be more efficient.
Four more RTG cranes will be delivered next month bringing the
total to 50.
The other three STS cranes are under construction and will be
delivered in 2021 bringing the total of STS cranes to 16.
The cost of one STS is Kshs 947 million while each RTG costs Kshs
"Today we are receiving the first consignment of the cranes.
"We expect the second shipment in May this year," said Eng. Salim.
He said the new equipment will be deployed at the Second
Container Terminal which has been operational since April 2016 to
increase off -take of cargo at the Port.
The new STS main features include; capacity to lift two 20 foot
containers in one move, safe working load (65 tons), ability to
handle ships up to 18 containers (45 meters across), advance crane
monitoring system while the RTG has a hybrid power system which
results into improved fuel efficiency of up to 50 percent and
reduced carbon emissions.
It also has an advanced crane monitoring system, automatic
steering and is also installed with accurate container load weighing
The equipment comes at a time when the Authority is undertaking
massive infrastructural developments and port capacity expansion
programmes aimed at improving operational efficiency.
The first phase of the Second Container Terminal with an annual
capacity of 550,000 TEUs was completed at a cost of Ksh 28 billion
and plans are at advanced stages for the beginning of the
construction of the second phase which will increase the port’s
capacity with an additional 450,000 TEUs. In 2017, the new terminal
alone handled nearly 300,000 TEU’s.
Once phases 2 and 3 are complete, the total capacity of the
Second Container Terminal will be 1.5 million TEUs, raising the
Port’s total container handling capacity to 2.65million TEUs by
The acquisition of KPA’s equipment is part of the Mombasa Port
Development Programme for the Second Container Terminal (CT2)
financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The recent capacity expansion including initial dredging of the
port channel, berth construction, upgrading of equipment and ICT
Systems has given the Port of Mombasa a competitive advantage.
The Port can now accommodate bigger vessels with larger
capacities hence offering competitive services occasioned by
economies of scale.
The Port of Mombasa is currently the deepest in the East and
Central African region and can accommodate panamax container ships
of up to 8,000 TEUs.
The shipping industry is shifting towards larger vessels.
The Authority is also dredging the navigational and anchorage
basins, and installing modern navigation aids to allow access of
post panamax vessels.
This has enabled the port to handle bigger vessels.
The Port serves over 33 Shipping Lines that call regularly and
provides connectivity to over 80 seaports worldwide.
In August 2015, one of the largest ships MV Clemens Schulte
docked at the port.
The vessel, spanning a length of 255 meters and 37.5 meters wide,
with a capacity of 5,466 TEUS offloaded 1,710 TEU’s and loaded 3,505
export containers. In the succeeding years (2016 and 2017), other
large vessels namely; MV Ital Mattina and MV Ever Delight with a
total length of 264 and 294 metres respectively, have since
successfully docked at the port of Mombasa.