MOMBASA (Kenya Ports
Authority) -- The Kenya Ports
Authority has acquired a new the KShs.1.1 billion state of the art
tugboat to boost efficiency at the crucial marine operations.
The new 75 Bollard Pull (BP) tugboat is the first of its kind in
East and Central Africa and will be instrumental in undertaking
marine operations including berthing and un-berthing of ships.
She becomes the largest tug in a fleet of five.
Christened EUGENE, Azimuth Stern Driven (ASD) tug
arrived at the Port of Mombasa on Monday after a 26-day’s
journey from the Cheoy Lee Shipbuilders in China.
The vessel is named after the late Capt. EUGENE OKOTH, who
passed on whilst performing pilotage duties on board an inbound
vessel (car carrier) on a 3rd Shift at 0100hrs in April 2016.
Celebrating the tugboat’s safe voyage to the Port of Mombasa,
the General Manager Human Resources and administration Dr. Amani
Komora stressed the need for employees to focus on productivity
even as the Authority keeps its promise of modernizing
"We have delivered a tug that is superior to the previous
ones, because we want to improve on quality," he said.
He promised the marine engineers and other technical staff of
support in the necessary training program to keep them abreast
with the ever changing technology to ensure the equipment remain
Dock Workers Union Secretary General Simon Sang applauded KPA
for the equipment acquisition, urging the management to ensure
that the unionisable staff get adequate training opportunities
to sharpen their skills.
The tug is fitted with the most advanced and powerful
caterpillar "E" series engines and has a length overall (LOA) of
32 meters compared to the other four "D" series ASD tugboats
which have a length overall of 30 meters and a Bollard Pull of
The acquisition of this tug now guarantees two to three
simultaneous vessel movement at any given time.
This translates to optimal availability of four at all times
as compared to current situation of three whenever one tug is
out of service due to planned maintenance or breakdown.
Currently 90 per cent of vessels calling at port of Mombasa
are post Panamax, which require at least two tugs for berthing
and unberthing operations.
The tugboat will also effectively provide fire suppression at
sea, maritime pollution control and berthing.
Additionally, it will have the capability to execute tug
services within and outside the harbor.
KPA’s General Manager Engineering Services, Engineer Rashid
Salim, said the new tug would come in handy in allowing smooth
operations at the seaside especially when one of the tugs is out
of station for routine maintenance and repair.
He added that other marine services mega projects lined up
include the acquisition of a pilot boat worth Sh. 600 million to
be deployed to Lamu Port.
This is in preparation for the start of operations in Lamu
Port, which is set to start next year when the first berth will
Meanwhile, regular caller Mv. Evergreen Dynamic has
set a new record performance in the container handling
The container ship that docked at berth No.17 set a new Shift
Record of 1428 gross moves during the second shift on Sunday.
The record beats the previous record of 1204 gross moves
registered by MV Livorno.
According to the Head of Container Operations Mr Edward Opiyo,
the vessel also broke the 24 Hour stevedoring record held by
Mv. Livorno and Kota Lambai respectively.
Evergreen Dynamic also registered an average of 290 gross
moves per hour to beat Kota Lambadi’s recent record of
286 gross moves per hour translating to 2320TEUs in 24hours.
Kota Lambadi in her previous record managed 2285 TEUs in
The Panama flagged vessel has a length overall of 294.15 m, a
breadth of 32.22m, deadweight of 55515 tonnes, gross tonnage of
52090 and a draught of 11.8m.
Mr. Opiyo attributed the improved performance to good yard
management, improved availability and maintenance of both shore
and offshore equipment, enhanced staff morale through management
recognition of performance and proper traffic management.