Mombasa tug order confirmed

Dec 27, 2003
Author: P&S

Kenyaís Public Procurement Appeals Board has confirmed an order for three tugboats for the port of Mombasa, which was awarded to Dutch shipbuilder Damen.

An appeal against the awarding of the contract centred round claims that the specifications for the tender were altered in mid-stream, which then gave favour to a preferred bidder.

The Appeals Board found there was no prejudice as changes to the tender applied to all the parties. It said the limiting of the contract to manufacturers was prudent because it was aimed at discouraging middlemen and suppliers while ensuring that people ultimately responsible for its successful completion would service the contract.

Damenís successful bid is reported to be Kenya Sh 1.48 billion, compared with the K Sh 1.71bn of Spainís Astilleros Zamakona SA. A local Kenya firm Baumann Engineering also bid for the tugs.

Meanwhile the port of Mombasa has announced an extensive programme of improvements to the container terminal that will result in a doubling of its capacity to 500,000-TEUs. The improvements include electronic cargo processing systems and during the refurbishment the portís revenue documentation centre will relocate to the dry container terminal in Nairobi until refurbishment is completed.

The Kenya Port Authority is still waiting a decision from the tendering committee regarding the purchase of new container gantry cranes that has been held up following a controversy involving several government ministers who stand accused of having influenced the tender.

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