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KPA sets aside KES 5B for revamp

20 March 2014, 10:39 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has set aside KES 5 billion for rigorous marketing of the port so as to attract more foreign clients.

KPA Chairman, Danson Mungatana said the money drawn from this year’s budget will also be used to acquire modern cargo handling equipment to increase efficiency in service delivery.

Speaking in Mombasa when he addressed a section of shipping line agents and Mombasa port employees at the Terminal level, Mungatana said the port has to offer quality services so as to be more competitive.

“This port will only be viable if it offers first class services,” Mungatana said.

He said it is for this reason that the management has thought it wise to invest heavily in the engineering sector.

The chairman noted that the port will soon acquire Gantry cranes, Tag boats, alongside other equipment in a bid to modernize the Port of Mombasa.

He added that once these equipments are purchased, the port will now embark on reducing the turn around time.

“Am very optimistic that we can reduce the turn around time from four to two days once these new equipment are in place,” he said.

Initially, the turn around time used to be nine days but it was reduced to four days following the introduction of the 24-hour service program.

Shippers at the meeting applauded the chairman for his bold step of offering them a chance to air their views pertaining port operations.

Among the shipping lines that were represented in the meeting include; Maersk, Messina, Mediterranean Sea Company and Ever Green.

There are over 38 shipping lines that operate within the Port of Mombasa.

Workers who attended the meeting expressed their dissatisfaction with the workload due to shortage of staff at the Port.

The port has a shortage of 247 workers that was orchestrated by the governments’ ban on recruitment of new employees.

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