Mombasa port breaks new record in cargo handling and berth productivity

The Port of Mombasa is edging closer towards attaining 48 hours’ turnaround time for bigger vessels and enhancing its competitiveness following consistent record productivity performances recorded at the facility. This year, the port has established four successive productivity records. On Sunday, another record was broken by container carrier MV Ever Diamond which recorded 1,523 moves within an eight hour shift.

The new record by the Panama-flagged vessel comes barely three weeks after another vessel MSC Maxine hit a record 1450 moves within an eight-hour shift. Equally, the vessel recorded an average of 190 gross moves per hour. The record is inching towards 200 moves per hour which is associated with top global ports.

Abu Dhabi’s flagship port – Khalifa – crossed this benchmark in 2015. Gross moves per hour is a maritime productivity term that defines the total container movement on loading, offloading and repositioning divided by the number of hours for which the vessel is at berth. Achieving and maintaining these high levels of productivity is one of the key value drivers for both the shipping lines and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) in order to maximize efficiencies and increase terminal throughput and capacity.

“We are now targeting to dispatch the big vessels within 48 hours of arrival. That means we are setting a service time of 48 hours. Once we achieve this target, it will be easier to sustain and manage the fixed berthing windows for all the vessels calling at the Container Terminal”, said Acting Managing Director Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku.

Dr. Manduku made the remarks in a brief ceremony onboard the container carrier at Port’s berth 18 on Monday. KPA Head of Container Operations, Mr Edward Opiyo represented the MD.

Evergreen Line regional agents Gulf Badr Agencies Headquarter Representative, Mr Amr Abdelsalam lauded efficiency being exhibited the Port of Mombasa. “The high achievement in breaking records on cargo handling at the Port of Mombasa makes us feel satisfied to do business here,” Abdelsalam said.

He added that they have bigger plans for Mombasa Port in the new year and the future in general. In this voyage the vessel loaded a record 900 full export containers, 1500 empties and discharged 1919 import containers. Apart from the overall performance, two gantry crane operators recorded extraordinary individual feats.

Messrs. Francis Mbondo and Isaac Ogolla recorded 445 moves (56 crane moves per hour) and 351 moves (44 crane moves per hour) respectively. The two records also go down as the best stevedoring performances of all time at the port. Stevedoring is the loading and offloading of cargo from ship.

Remarkably, the two operators also hold individual performance records on Ship to Shore Gantry Cranes of 333 moves per hour for Ogolla and 325 moves per hour for Mbondo set in September 2016.

MV Ever Diamond made her maiden call at the Port of Mombasa on July 29, 2018. The Evergreen Shipping line vessel has a length overall of 295 metres, a breadth of 32 metres, deadweight tonnage of of 55,515 tonnes and a gross tonnage of 52,090.