Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has acquired two ultra-modern diesel electric cranes for use at the Mombasa Port as part of its comprehensive programme supporting resilient port infrastructure initiatives.
The Kenyan Government has been continually investing in infrastructural development and modernization of the Port of Mombasa through projects which include: the construction of the first phase 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.
The two portal harbour cranes are funded by regional aid-for-trade organization TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) through the UK government’s International Climate Fund (ICF) at a cost of $8.7 million.
The Eco Hoppers are aimed at mitigating the negative effects on the environment by providing dust and spillage-free unloading through a dust control system that minimizes escape of dust during discharge and reduces running expenses by an average 30 per cent.
With TMEA’s support, KPA has developed a green port policy which seeks to position the Port of Mombasa as a leading world port providing sound stewardship and management of the environment affected by port operations.
It focuses on placing people first, addressing the negative impacts of port operations and placing a premium on technology-rich and sustainable port operations.
The cranes will complement the Mobile Harbour Cranes currently in use at the Port for dry bulk cargo handling and which can only handle one vessel at a time, by handling two vessels simultaneously.
They are the first of their kind to be deployed in East and Southern Africa.