MOMBASA, Kenya, Jul 13 – The Kenya Ports Authority on Friday received the last batch of the Rail Mounted Gantry (RMGs) meant for the handling of cargo as part of the integrated Mombasa Port – Standard Gauge Railway operations.
The four RMGs, which arrived at the Mombasa port, are part of the six which were ordered by KPA on December 2016. The first batch of two RMGs was received in May this year.
KPA acting Managing Director Dr Daniel Manduku said they purchased the six cranes from ZPMC Ltd based in China at a cost of Sh2.12 billion for the consignment.
Each of the cranes costs Sh345 million, said Manduku.
“This is part of the equipment that the Authority (KPA) is investing in to ensure seamless and efficient discharge of cargo,” said Manduku.
“They are going to be deployed at the SGR so that we can be effective in ensuring we load at least seven trains per day to Nairobi. We are targeting to attain 12 trains to Nairobi every day.”
He said the new cranes will be deployed at Berth 11 and 14 for use in handling container cargo being loaded on the SGR trains.
In April this year, KPA also pumped in about Sh6.68 billion in the acquisition of new Ship to Shore Gantry (STS) Crane and Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) Cranes.
The four Ship to Shore Gantry cranes and 12 Rubber Tyred Gantry cranes were ordered from Toyota Tsusho in Japan.
The cost of one Ship to Shore crane is Sh947 million while each Rubber Tyred crane costs Sh185 million, totalling to Sh6.68 billion for the whole consignment of sixteen cranes.