Toyota Tsusho has secured a contract from the Kenya Ports Authority to supply 16 cranes for the Phase 2 development of Mombasa Port as part of a collaboration with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding.
The deal valued at approximately JPY7.2bn ($64m) will see Toyota Tsusho deliver four gantry cranes for quayside operations, in addition to 12 transfer cranes for yard operations.
Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding will manufacture all of the newly contracted equipment and delivery is expected to be completed by around 2020.
The cranes will be similar to the units previously delivered during Phase 1 of the Mombasa Port project and will be designed to ensure efficient port operations, as well as facilitate an increase in rapid cargo handling operations to reduce vessel lay time.
The newly signed deal is supported by funding from Japan International Cooperation Agency’s Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP) loan programme, which seeks to promote the export of high-quality infrastructure from Japan.
Mombasa Port is situated in Kenya and currently serves Uganda, Rwanda and other East African nations.
It also functions as the launching point for a wide range of goods flowing into Kenya and the surrounding region via the East Africa Northern Corridor.
Phase 1 of the port development initiative saw the construction of a new container terminal at Mombasa Port last year in order to expand the facility’s cargo handling capacity from 720,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to 1.3 million TEUs.
The port intends to further increase its capacity to roughly 2.4 million TEUs by 2025.