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KPA begins preparations for Lamu Port, activities scheduled for June – KBC

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The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) expects to begin operations at Lamu Port within the next two months.

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KPA in partnership with Comarco – a maritime company registered to transport heavy equipment – has begun moving heavy equipment from the Port of Mombasa to a new facility in Lamu County over the weekend.

These new equipment is expected to facilitate the loading and unloading of cargo at three parts built at a cost of Kshs. 40 billion.

The cargo ship left Mombasa Port on Monday and is expected to arrive at Lamu Port on Tuesday.

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In the first shipment, they will transport four terminal tractors, eight orthopedic tractors, two tiles, two lower bed tiles, four markers and lifting equipment that will be installed in the first three sections built by the government.

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On May 5, the KPA will ship sensitive equipment that requires stability.

“This forms the first phase of logistics that is important in cargo handling at the new Lamu Port. We will be making a second shipment that will involve a large crane that is used to load and unload from the ship on May 5, “said Ernest Mbalanya, KPA representative.

They will be loading two rubber gantry cranes, one Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) scanner, two mobile cranes and other equipment needed for the operation of the facility.

Cormaco is expected to transfer the Rubber-Tyred Gantry Crane (RTGC) as soon as it makes its first delivery.

Other essential equipment needed to start port operations will be transferred to Lamu Port by May 20.

The equipment included four Kalmar terminal tractors, eight orthopedic tractors, one 25-ton forklift, one five-ton forklift, two lower bed trailers, two (20) and two (40) carriers and one high-rise more.

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Other equipment mounted on a 106-meter-long barge that will travel at a knot of five knots also includes gear lift, one boom attachment attachment, three railway chains as well as future marker channel buoyers (maritime aids ) each completed with 20 Appendix chain attachment.

According to Mbalanya who oversaw the work, the engineers performed the loading of the equipment accurately to avoid damage and took into account the sea weather before traveling.

He said they have developed a comprehensive plan to ensure safe travel for freight and crews who will be transporting the gears.

Each berth measures 400 meters and can carry the longest ship in the world.

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