CENTRAL BANK OF KENYA. Last Update 02/10/2020
US DOLLAR. Buy(108.3853) Sell(108.5853)
EURO. Buy(127.2800) Sell(127.5394)          STG POUND. Buy(140.0988) Sell(140.3929)
CHINESE YUAN. Buy(15.9583) Sell(15.9924) 
JPY(100). Buy(102.5987) Sell(102.7978)  
SAUDI RIYAL. Buy(28.8958)  Sell(28.9507)       AE DIRHAM. Buy(29.5046) Sell(29.5647)           Mombasa Investment Portal.

Port acquires Sh1.1B tugboat to boost efficiency

The tugboat is expected to improve marine operations at Coast

Assistant Director Investment

Kenya Ports Author­ity has ac­quired a new state-of-the-art tug­boat to boost ef­fi­ciency. Chris­tened Eu­gene, the Sh1.1 bil­lion tug ar­rived at Mom­basa port on Mon­day to a tu­mul­tuous wel­come by KPA staff and the port com­mu­nity. She is named after the late cap­tain, Eu­gene Okoth, who died while on duty early last year. The tug­boat is the first of its kind in East and Cen­tral Africa and will be in­stru­men­tal in un­der­tak­ing ma­rine op­er­a­tions in­clud­ing berthing and un-berthing of ships. She be­comes the largest tug­boat in a fleet of five.

 The boat is fit­ted with ad­vanced and pow­er­ful Cater­pil­lar “E” se­ries en­gines and has a length of 32 me­ters. It took a crew of ten, 26 days to safely steer the tug from Cheoy Lee Ship­builders in China to Mom­basa. Its con­struc­tion lasted a year. Acquisition of the boat guar­an­tees two to three si­mul­ta­ne­ous ves­sel move­ment at any given time. This trans­lates to op­ti­mal avail­abil­ity of four com­pared to the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of three when­ever one tug is out of ser­vice due to main­te­nance or break­downs. Amani Komora, Gen­eral Man­ager Hu­man Re­sources, urged KPA staff to fo­cus on pro­duc­tiv­ity. “We have de­liv­ered a tug that is su­pe­rior than the pre­vi­ous ones be­cause we want to im­prove on qual­ity,” Mr Komora said. He promised ma­rine en­gi­neers and other tech­ni­cal staff sup­port and train­ing pro­grammes to keep them abreast with chang­ing tech­nol­ogy to en­sure the equip­ment re­mains well main­tained. The boat will also pro­vide fire sup­pres­sion at sea, mar­itime pol­lu­tion con­trol and berthing. Ad­di­tion­ally, it has ca­pa­bil­ity to ex­e­cute tug ser­vices within and out­side the har­bour. Ad­dress­ing the cer­e­mony Rashid Salim, Gen­eral Man­ager En­gi­neer­ing Ser­vices, praised the acquisition say­ing it comes in handy in al­low­ing op­er­a­tions to con­tinue smoothly. He said that other mega projects lined up in­clude acquisition of a pi­lot boat worth Sh600 mil­lion to be de­ployed to Lamu port in prepa­ra­tion for the start of op­er­a­tions set to start next year when the first berth will be ready. Mean­while, 13 con­tainer ves­sels docked at the con­tainer ter­mi­nals record­ing ship av­er­age work­ing time of 2.31 days in the week ended July 18. The im­port con­tainer dwell time reg­is­tered 4.10 days. The ves­sels dis­charged 14,359 TEUS full and empty and loaded an­other 12,671 TEUS. Con­tainer de­liv­er­ies by road trans­port recorded 8,938 TEUS while the stan­dard gauge rail­way evac­u­ated 4,631 TEUS. Im­port pop­u­la­tion break­down showed that 4,470 TEUS were bound for the lo­cal mar­ket while tran­sit cargo was 4,845 TEUS. Uganda, KPA’S lead­ing cus­tomer ac­counted for 4,083 TEUS, an equiv­a­lent of 84.27 per cent. Other coun­tries in the tran­sit mar­ket in­cluded Tan­za­nia that recorded 213 TEUS, South Su­dan 202 TEUS, the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo 186 TEUS, and Rwanda with 117 TEUS. Dur­ing the week un­der re­view, the con­ven­tional cargo ter­mi­nal docked 17 cargo ships han­dling a to­tal of 263,898 met­ric tonnes at an av­er­age of 37,700 met­ric tonnes per day. Bulk clinker im­ports recorded 96,495 met­ric tonnes to emerge the lead­ing com­mod­ity, fol­lowed by bulk wheat im­port at 80,965 met­ric tonnes. Other com­modi­ties in­cluded 56,982 met­ric tonnes of bulk coal, 17,299 met­ric tonnes of steel and 4,323 met­ric tonnes of bulk fer­tiliser. There were also 675 units of mo­tor ve­hi­cles and 249 trucks.

Leave a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.