In a bid to boost capacity for cargo handling at the Mombasa port, the second terminal which is under construction has received heavy duty cranes. The heavy duty cranes known as Rubber Tyred Gantry cranes and Ship to Shore gantry cranes arrived at the port on the15th October 2015. The arrival of the heavy duty cranes is part of the project that will create additional space for 1.2 million Twenty foot Equivalent Units(Teus) . This will double the ports’ handling capacity while enhancing its operations too.
Speaking to Kenya Engineer, The Corporate Affairs Manager, Kenya Ports Authority, Bernard Osero said, “The cranes that have arrived are part of the construction of the Second container terminal at the Port.” He emphasised that the terminal will be commissioned to Kenya Ports Authority upon its completion in March 2016.
Mombasa port is boosting capacity to cater for the growing demand and rising cargo volumes from the neighbouring landlocked countries including Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo that it currently serves. Facing increased competition from Tanzania,which is expanding its Port in Dar es Salaam and construction of a new port in Bagamoyo, The ports authority plans to increase efficiency and competitiveness. The port expects to clear 26.5 million tons of cargo by end of 2015.