The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) received four eco hoppers from Samson Materials Handling early in June.
The deal was arranged by TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), a British trade agency operating in the region, under the Mombasa Resilient Infrastructure Programme.
Last year two rubber-tyred portal cranes from Gottwald were delivered to Mombasa under the same programme.
At present, ships are forced to use their own cranes at the port to deliver dry bulk cargo, resulting in long berthing periods. The KPA now expects the port to be able to handle two dry bulk vessels at a time, with much faster discharge and truck loading times. Vessel berthing times are expected to fall from an average of five days to 2.9 days.
The purchase of the Gottwalds and the hoppers is expected to make a big contribution towards the port achieving the IMO goal of cutting carbon emissions by 75% per vessel by 2050. TMEA is helping to finance other changes at the port, including improving port access at Gate 18/20 and adding storage capacity at Yard 5.
“The hoppers are designed to suit the characteristics and flow properties of virtually any bulk material, from coal to clinker, sulphur to iron ore,” stated TMEA.
“They will provide dust and spillage-free unloading through a dust control system that minimises escape of dust during discharge and reduces running expenses on average by 30%.”
KPA corporate communications officer Hajj Masemo confirmed that managing fugitive dust was a big motivation for the acquisition.