Ship carrying turbines for the Kipeto Power Project docks at Mombasa Port
Mombasa – January 27,2020
The sixth and final shipment of wind turbines for the Kipeto Power project in Kajiado County arrived at the Port of Mombasa on Thursday.
The consignment imported from China arrived at the Port of Mombasa aboard the vessel MV Pacific Victor which docked at Berth No. 5.
MV Pacific Victor discharging the wind turbines at Berth No. 5.
According to Mr. Hanningtone Thoya, Superintendent in charge of operations at Berth No.5, the discharge of the cargo which commenced with the first sling on Friday at 0800 hours was estimated to be complete within three days.
"MV Pacific Victor is the sixth and final vessel to deliver this kind of shipment with a total 2824 metric tons" said Thoya.
He added that the cargo comprised of 30 blades each having a height of 50 meters and weight of 67 tons.
In addition to the blades, the shipment included vital parts necessary for assembling including 10 towers, 10 nacelles, 10 hubs weighing 28 tons each plus 10 hub noses each weighing 100kg and other accessories to be used for assembling at the Kipeto Wind Farm," he added.
The delivery of the cargo from Tai Lang Port in China was overseen by China Machinery Engineering Company with the support of a ship agency called Nisomar Limited.
A KPA employee looks on as heavy lift gang lowers a 67 ton wind mill blade.
Two companies namely Sifa Investment Company and East Global Logistics were entrusted with the transportation of the wind turbine components from the Port of Mombasa to Kajiado.
Sifa Investment Coordinator of the project Mr. Tawfiq S. Mohammed lauded the Kenya Ports Authority saying it had proved to offer a high degree of efficient services in the entire operations from the first to the sixth dispatch.
"The operations require extra precaution while discharging because we have sensitive cargo like transformers and throughout all these stages the KPA team has been impressive ensuring that we securely discharge the cargo from the ship on to the trucks," he said.
Mr. Tawfiq Mohammed of Sifa Investment Company speaking during the operations