Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has announced the arrival of mega cranes that will signal the start of operations at the newly built Lamu Port.

The 45-ton SWL Kalmar Hybrid Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) cranes intended for Lamu Port have now been loaded, ready for sea service.

The RTG 40 and 43, as well as the KRA Mobile scanner, are the final pieces Lamu need to be up and running.

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The new ultra-modern gantries will boost stevedoring capacity at the China Communications Construction Company’s new Lamu Container Terminal in Manda Bay.

The new equipment will help boost production and operations at Lamu’s second commercial port, according to Geoffrey Namadoa, a senior KPA Marine Pilot.

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“The new equipment will assist enhance flows across all processes by speeding up deliveries and lowering product handling times,” he said.

Once the 32 berths for the Lamu Port is completed as planned it will be larger than any other port in Sub-Saharan Africa and could handle containers travelling to and from Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Democratic Republic of Congo.