by Peter Mutai MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
The Kenya Ports Authority’s (KPA) is set to
launch two ultra-modern diesel electric cranes mid next year at the Port of
Mombasa to help mitigate pollution.
KPA Managing Director Catherine Mturi-Wairi told a media workshop in Mombasa
on Monday evening that the equipment that were bought at a cost of 8.7 million
U.S. dollars are aimed at attaining acceptable standards of green policy
"The cranes will provide dust and spillage-free unloading through a dust
control system that minimizes escape of dust during discharge," she said.
Unlike the mobile harbor cranes currently used at the port which handles one
vessel at a time, the new cranes will handle two vessels simultaneously.
Mturi-Wairi noted that the two portal harbor cranes are part of a
comprehensive program in supporting the Port of Mombasa’s resilient port
She revealed that 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.
"The policy intends to position the Port of Mombasa as a leading world port
providing sound stewardship and management of the environment affected by port
operations," she added.
It also seeks to place people first while addressing the negative impacts
occasioned by port operations and placing a premium on technology-rich and
sustainable port operations.
Mturi-Wairi noted that the authority has witnessed good performance in the
She said that the port handled a total of 22.76 million tons of cargo
compared with 20.57 million tons registered in the corresponding period in 2016,
reflecting an increase of 10.6 percent.
The rise in imports was once again driven by the increase in dry bulk
commodities, posting a major increase of 18 percent in the period under review.
This was attributed by importation of wheat, fertilizers, refined petroleum
and palm/vegetable oil.
Export market that was mainly supported by coffee and tea increased by 37.7
percent and 3.6 percent respectively.
"Plans are at advanced stage to build a new modern and bigger oil terminal to
replace the current Kipevu Oil Terminal," Mturi-Wairi noted.
The facility will handle four vessels at a time and will have underground
pipelines to link with the KPC storage tanks.
In collaboration with the Trademark East Africa, a regional trade lobby, KPA
is constructing a modern cruise terminal at Berth Number one and two aimed at
complementing the tourism sector in the region.
Mturi-Wairi also revealed plans to develop small ports along the coastline
and also inland waterways such as Shimoni and Kisumu ports in South Coast and
Western Kenya, respectively.