Kenya Ports Authority’s (KPA)
equipment acquisition efforts for the Port of Mombasa got a
major boost on Tuesday following the arrival of two ultra-modern
diesel electric cranes. The cranes funded by Trade Mark East
Africa (TMEA) through the UK government’s International Climate
Fund (ICF) facility were procured at a total cost of Kshs 868.27
million (USD 8.7 million).
The two portal harbor cranes are part
of a comprehensive programme in supporting the Port of Mombasa’s
resilient port infrastructure initiatives.
These cranes are aimed at mitigating
the negative effects on the environment.
The Government of Kenya has made it a
priority to continually invest in infrastructural develop-ment
of the Port of Mombasa and made progress in the moderni-sation
of the Port.
Some of the key projects include the
construction of the phase 1 of the Second Container Terminal
which increased the port’s annual capacity by 550,000 TEUs, the
construction of Berth No. 19, and the dredging of the entrance
channel which has enabled the Port to handle larger vessels.
TMEA has been working closely with KPA
to implement short-term and high impact projects including the
improve-ment of Gate 18/20 which enhanced Port access as well as
the upgrading of Yard 5 which increased capacity at the Port.
KPA through support from TMEA has
developed a green port policy which seeks to position the Port
of Mombasa as a leading world port providing sound stewardship
and manage-ment of the environment affected by port operations.
The strategy highlights the need to
place people first, while addressing the negative impacts
occasioned by port operations as well placing a premium on
technology-rich and sustainable port operations.