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Kenya Ports Authority roll out new East Africa Maritime Awards

KENYA PORTS AUTHORITY (Mombasa) -- The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has launched the East Africa Maritime Awards (EAMA) that will seek to recognize and award notable users of the Port of Mombasa.

The awards aim to set perfor-mance standards by encoura-ging port users towards a more collaborative approach to regional trade while taking cognizance of praiseworthy ach-ievements by individual players.
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In a speech delivered on his behalf by General Manager Corporate Services Mr. Edward Kamau, KPA Acting Managing Director Dr Arch. Daniel Manduku said that the new award system was a break from the previous approach where the Authority undertook rewards programs without involving external stakeholders.

"Over the years, we have appreciated your efforts by giving awards to different players in the industry.

"While this has been commen-dable, we have decided in collaboration with other anchor stakeholders to initiate a reward system that will be free, fair, and open to all the industry players to participate in line with inter-national standards of practice," he said.

The Authority has incorporated the help of an independent expert, Think Business Limited, who will put in place a research-based method of assessment in the award process that is objective, valid and foolproof.

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KENYA PORTS AUTHORITY (Mombasa) -- Kenya Ports Authority acting managing director Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku presents a KPA plaque to PMAESA acting Secretary General Col. Andre Ciseau. On the left is KPA’s General Manager Corporate Services Edward Kamau. PHOTO -KENYA PORTS AUTHORITY
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EAMA awards target the maritime community, both individuals and organisations in Eastern Africa that endeavor to strengthen and grow their services at the Port of Mombasa.

The list includes importers and exporters, shipping lines and agents, cargo consolidators, clearing and forwarding agents and warehousing companies, CFS operators, partner govern-ment agencies, transporters, liquid and bulk operators, providers of support services among others.

The initiative comes in the wake of massive modernisation of port infrastructure at the Mombasa seaside to enhance port effi-ciency and enable fast movement of cargo to the hinterland via the Standard Gauge Railway.

Between April and July this year, the port has received six Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG) cranes , one new Ship to Shore Gantry Crane and 12 Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes, for the Second Container Terminal.

During the same period, the Authority also acquired addi-tional 28 new terminal tractors and four Eco Hoppers fitted with environmental friendly gadgets that reduce dust emission while handling dirty cargoes such as Clinker, Gypsum and Coal.

The equipment is now operational and contributing to im-proved port performance.

At the end of the independent judging process that will uphold world-class standards, the Authority will be able to give 26 awards that will recognize the below categories:

• Best Shipping Line • Best Shipping Agent • Best Shipping Agent (Dry Bulk) • Best Shipping Agent (Liquid Bulk) • Best Cargo Consolidator • Best Cargo Freight Station (CFS) • Best Clearing and Forwarding Agent [Per Country in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, DRC]

• Best Regional Cargo Logistics Provider • Best Cargo Transporter [Per Country in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Burundi and DRC] • Exporter of The Year [Per Country in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and DRC]

• Importer of The Year [Per Country in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Burundi, DRC and Tanzania] • Membership Organisation Award [Per Country in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Burundi and DRC]

• Most Efficient Partner Government Agency • Marine Cargo Insurance Award • Auxiliary Service Provider Award • Financial Service Provider Award

• Excellence in Maritime Education & Training • The Safety Award • Business Initiative of The Year • Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Award

• Innovation Award • The Environmental Protection Award • Maritime Journalist Award [Per Country in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Burundi and DRC]

• Young Achiever Award • Outstanding Woman Award • Lifetime Achievement Award

The EAMA awards are a strategic initiative of the Authority in collaboration with the Kenya Maritime Authority, Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Trade Network Agency, Shippers Council of Eastern Africa, East African Business Council and Think Business Limited.

The objective of the awards is to promote excellence in service delivery, appreciate exceptional contribution to the industry and economy, encourage innovation, and improve overall performance.
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EARLIER REPORT:

Kenya Ports Authority Has Offered 'Full Support' For Port
Management Association Of Eastern And Southern Africa

KENYA PORTS AUTHORITY (Mombasa) -- The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has pledged to support efforts towards revamping the Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA).

Speaking during a courtesy call to the Acting Secretary Gen-eral of the non-profit inter-governmental organization, Col. Andre Ciseau in his office , KPA Acting Managing Director Dr. Arch Daniel Manduku reiterated that the Authority will comple-ment PMAESA secretariat human resource aspect espe-cially in the area of communi-cation and data management.

PMAESA is made up of Port Operators, Government Line Ministries, Logistics and Maritime Service Providers and other port and shipping stakeholders from the Eastern, Western and Southern African and Indian Ocean regions.

The regional body was first established in Mombasa in April 1973, under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Com-mission for Africa (ECA), following a recommendation made at a meeting of the African Ministers in charge of transport, held in Tunisia in February 1971.

And during the visit to the secretariat, Dr. Manduku noted that the Authority will also consider assisting PMAESA in boosting its ICT section while it remained active in meetings and engaging otherstakeholders.

"KPA will always go beyond its call of duty to support PMAESA" he added.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, Col. Andre Ciseau briefed the MD about the role and activities of PMAESA.

He pointed out that PMAESA is so central and plays a significant role to the growth of member Ports and Authorities.

He underscored its importance and called for the deserving support from the member states.

The Ag. SG thanked the Authority for hosting the secre-tariat since inception and pledged to promote cruise tourism in the region.

He revealed his plan to use cluster strategy to ensure that all the tourism organizations and individuals are on board to promote cruise tourism in the region

Col. Ciseau talked of his commitment to workclosely with KPA and the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) to ensure that Mombasa becomes a home Port for some cruise vessels.

Also present were the General Manager Corporate Services Mr. Edward Kamau, the Head of Internal Audit and Risk Management Mr. Fred Oyugi and the Head of CorpoAlso present were the General Manager Corporate Services Mr. Edward Kamau, the Head of Internal Audit and Risk Management Mr. Fred Oyugi and the Head of Corporate Affairs Mr. Bernard Osero.

             

 

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