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 Ksh. 868.27 million (USD 8.7 million). They are a first of their kind to be deployed in East and Southern Africa. The acquisition was part of efforts to make the port more environmentally friendly.

The cranes will provide dust and spillage-free unloading through a dust control system that minimizes escape of dust during discharge and reduces running expenses on average by 30%. The Eco Hoppers will complement mobile harbour cranes for dry bulk cargo handling.

Unlike the Mobile Harbor Cranes currently used at the Port which handle one vessel at a time, the new cranes will handle two vessels simultaneously. KPA General Managers Eng. Joseph Atonga (Engineering Services), Mr. Sudi Mwasinago (Operations) and TMEA Kenya Country Director Mr. Ahmed Farah witnessed the offloading of the equipment at the Port of Mombasa’s Berth No. 10.

The Government of Kenya has invested in other projects to modernise the port of Mombasa. Some of the 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 improvement of Gate 18/20 which enhanced Port access as well as the upgrading of Yard 5 which increased capacity at the Port.