The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) took delivery of three Ship To Shore (STS) gantry cranes as well as a new tugboat from Turkey that cost a total of Ksh1.9 billion in Mombasa County.
Also known as a container crane, a ship to shore gantry crane is a large dockside gantry crane found at container terminals for loading and unloading intermodal containers from container ships.
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The huge cranes were delivered to the port of Mombasa on Tuesday, January 11 in readiness for the start of operations at the newly constructed berth 22.
The ports authority now boasts sixteen (16) gantry cranes in its inventory serving seven container berths at the port.
The gantry cranes which were built in Japan at a total cost of Ksh3.3 billion will primarily be utilized for loading and offloading cargo from the vessel to the quayside at a speed of 40 moves per hour.
“The modern Ship to shore gantry cranes will further improve efficiency and boost the productivity of the port whose capacity has been increased by a further 550,000 TEUs annually following the completion of the new berth 22,” KPA Acting Managing Director John Mwangemi told the media.
Mwangemi was accompanied by 10 Principal Secretaries including Ministry of Interior Principal Secretary (PS) Karanja Kibicho who is also the Chairman of the National Development Implementation Technical Committee (NDITC).
Also present were Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Commissioner-General James Mburu and Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata.
Container cranes consist of a supporting framework that can traverse the length of a quay or yard on a rail track. Instead of a hook, they are equipped with a specialized handling tool called a spreader.
The spreader can be lowered on top of a container and locks onto the container’s four locking points (“corner castings”) using a twist-lock mechanism. Cranes normally transport a single container at once, but some newer cranes have the capability to pick up two to four 20-foot containers at once.
The cranes come in sizes based on their lifting capacity and the size of the container ships they can load and unload. The smaller sizes are used at railway sidings to transfer containers from flatcars and well cars to semi-trailers or vice versa.
The biggest of all, the super post Panamax, can lift two 20-foot (6.1 m) long containers at once and is used for vessels of about 22 or more containers wide
KPA also added a new tugboat to its collection, a new state-of-the-art RAstar 4200 that was built in Turkey at a cost of Ksh1.9 billion. The high-performance Azimuth Stern Driven (ASD) tug christened Mwokozi 2 joins the KPA fleet of tugboats to primarily offer salvage and harbour operations.
Equipped with excellent manoeuvrability and packing a hefty 120 tonnes of bollard pull, the boat with a length overall of 42 metres and maximum draft of 7.2 metres will deliver enhanced towing and ship handling services for vessels stuck at sea or with mechanical problems.