Port of Mombasa receives largest bulk carrier

Mombasa – June 26, 2019

The Port of Mombasa has received the biggest bulk carrier vessel in its history following the maiden arrival of MV Lowlands Mimosa.

Built in 2018 for Government of Panama, the vessel has a length overall of 199.9 meters, a breadth of 32 meters and a carrying capacity of 63,939 tons.

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MV Lowlands Mimosa at the Berth.

The ship docked at Berth No. 9 where she was to discharge 50,500 metric tons of fertiliser for the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA).

Speaking on board the vessel while presenting a certificate of first call and a plaque to the ship's master, Capt. Melecio D. Gandeza, on behalf of the Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director, the Head of Conventional Cargo Operations Mr. Paul Bor said the Port would continue investing in expansion programmes to be able to handle bigger vessels.

"This is the first time we are receiving this kind of cargo in terms of tonnage. It is a maiden call for the vessel which has brought the highest consignment," Mr. Bor said.

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KPA's Head of Conventional Cargo Operations Mr. Paul Bor presents a certificate of first call to the ship's master Captain Melecio D. Gandeza.

He said that the ship arrived at the Port on Saturday June 22, 2019 and by Wednesday June 26,2019 morning, the vessel had discharged 10,000 metric tons adding that it was expected to sail out by July 1,2019 after discharging the entire consignment.

"To discharge 50,000 tons means that we need up to five days for all operations weather permitting," said the Head of Conventional Cargo Operations.

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Ms. Wawuda Mwasho presents a bouquet of flowers to Capt. Melecio D. Gandeza.

Speaking on behalf of KTDA, Dr Simon Gikang'a, General Manager (Freight), Chai Trading Company Limited said the 50,500 metric tons fertiliser was meant for 600,000 small scale tea farmers.

"This means that the farmers have seen the value to increase their crop husbandry and that's why we have continued to improve year after year," he added.

MV Lowlands Mimosa sailing under the flag of Panama, has a gross tonnage of 35,596 with deadweight of 63,939 tons.