Phase two of Second Container Terminal
at Mombasa Port officially handed over to KPA
Mombasa – June 7,2022
The completed phase two of the
Second Container Terminal at the Port of Mombasa with an additional annual
capacity of 450,000 TEUs has officially been handed over to the Kenya Ports
Speaking today during the project
handover ceremony, KPA acting Managing Director Amb. John Mwangemi, said with its
total 2.1 million TEUs annual capacity currently the Port of Mombasa remains
among the top five ports in Africa.
He commended Japanese contractor,
Toyo Construction Company, for completing on schedule the second phase of the
Second Container Terminal which commenced in September 2018.
Amb. Mwangemi said the project comprised
the construction of the 300 m long berth number 22 and other administrative
“The contract for the
construction of this terminal includes delivery of Cargo Handling equipment
namely four Ship to Shore Gantry (SSG) and 12 Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) cranes.
Of this equipment, one SSG and 12 RTGs were delivered and commissioned in Phase
1 of the project and are currently in use while three STSs were delivered in January
this year and are currently being commissioned,” the MD added.
He thanked the Governments of Kenya
and Japan for the investments towards the modernization and expansion of the
Port of Mombasa.
“I wish to commit here that we
shall put our best foot forward to ensure optimal utilization of this facility
for the benefit of Kenya and the region,” Amb. Mwangemi added.
KPA’s General Manager Infrastructure
Development Eng. Abdullahi Samatar said with the completion of the project, KPA
had achieved its target of expanding capacity ahead of demand.
He said the construction of the
new facility was undertaken within 44 months.
Toyo Construction Company Project
Manager, Mr. Haruo Yoshida expressed delight for successfully and safely delivering
the complex infrastructure project on schedule.
He said the period between
commencement and completion of the project on 1st September 2018 and
May 31, 2022, was an eventful journey presented with a few notable challenges.
“Some notable challenges
encountered included the stakeholder environmental concerns and the outbreak of
the novel COVID-19 pandemic, both of which threatened either prolonged suspension
of the project or even potential termination of the contract," he added.
The Project Manager said it was through joint
resilience and collaboration by the parties as well as the professional
intervention and direction by the engineer and the consultant that they were
able to overcome all the hurdles.
He said even at the time of the
COVID-19 lockdown, some site activities continued courtesy of the selfless
guidance and supervision by their expatriate personnel and deployment of specialized
heavy plant and equipment for the works which ensured the realization of
Japanese technology transfer to “exceedingly diligent local personnel.”
“Indeed, I am personally proud
and overjoyed as the Project Manager, to have delivered this Phase two project
without any fatal accident or serious health and safety incident, not to
mention the remarkable improvement in the workmanship and quality of the
completed works as compared to phase one of the project,” Yoshida added.
He thanked KPA management for the
opportunity to execute the project saying his company was willing and ready for
future such development projects with a promise to deliver beyond expectations
for the benefit of Kenyans.
“As Toyo, we strongly believe
that the completion of Berth No. 22 is a major step towards the realization of
the economic growth of Kenya, not only by presenting economic opportunities to
the surrounding communities but also by putting Mombasa Port and City on the
map as a regional gateway to the larger East African Corporation as well as an
international trade hub and destination.”
And speaking on behalf of Japan
Port Consultants (JPC) and BAC Engineering, Mr. Takeshi Miyagawa, said the
completion of the project marks another milestone for Kenya’s maritime sector,
signaling a continuation in the development of Kenya’s ports and their capacity
to facilitate the region’s international trade as a gateway.
The consultant said phase two
which was constructed on a reclaimed area of approximately 17.5 hectares was
completed in three packages.
“Package 1 involved construction
of civil works and buildings; comprising a 300 m length berth capable of
handling panamax and post-panamax ships, a container terminal with an
additional capacity of 500,000 TEUs, port terminal buildings and the Kipevu
Clinic,” Miyagawa said.
Package 2 involved the procurement of
equipment namely four Ship to Shore (STS) Gantry cranes and 12 Rubber Tyred
Gantry Cranes (RTGs) while package 3 involved the installation of an integrated
Port and Terminal Security system.
The project is part of the
Mombasa Port Development Program (MPDP) which was started in early 2000s as one
of the country’s Vision 2030 flagship projects.
The first phase of the
three-phased project which was completed in 2016 and commissioned for
operations in September 2016, increased the port’s annual capacity by 550,000