Kenya Ports Authority has money for equipment

Apr 28, 2004
Author: P&S

The Kenya Ports Authority (KHA) has begun ordering new equipment including cranes to help overcome congestion and bottlenecks at the port of Mombasa.

This follows the release of KSh5 billion by the government for the purchase of new superstructure considered essential for the port’s efficiency. The equipment includes three rail mounted gantries (RMG), 14 rubber tyred gantries (RTG) and six ship-to-shore gantries (SSG).

Some of the equipment has been ordered from a Chinese manufacturer, ZPMC amid fierce controversy in Kenya.

The Kenya government agreed to make the money available after discussions with members of the East Africa Conference Lines (EACL), which had imposed a USD70 surcharge on all containers handled at Mombasa because of terminal delays. Following the announcement EACL withdrew the surcharge.

KPA’s managing director Brown Ondego said in Kampala last week that Mombasa had achieved about 75 percent compliancy with the International Port Security Code (ISPS) and is on target to be fully compliant by July.

Meanwhile container volumes at Mombasa reached a record high in 2003 with the container terminal handling 380,353 TEUs compared with 305,427TEUs during 2002, a growth of more than 24 percent. The KHA says the port has attracted far more transhipment cargo and a number of lines are now using Mombasa as a hub for the region including the Indian Ocean Islands.

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