• 2018 August 21 14:47

    Kenia Port Authority takes delivery of new 75bp tugboat Eugene

    The Kenya Ports Authority has acquired a new the Sh1.1billion state-of-the-art tugboat to boost efficiency at the crucial marine operations. The new 75 Bollard Pull (BP) tugboat is the first of its kind in East and Central Africa and will be instrumental in undertaking marine operations including berthing and un-berthing of ships. She becomes the largest tug in a fleet of five, the KPA said in its news release.

    Christened EUGENE, Azimuth Stern Driven (ASD) tug arrived at the Port of Mombasa on Monday after a 26-day's journey from the Cheoy Lee Shipbuilders in China.

    The vessel is named after the late Capt. EUGENE OKOTH, who passed on whilst performing pilotage duties on board an inbound vessel (car carrier) on a 3rd Shift at 0100hrs in April 2016.

    Celebrating the tugboat's safe voyage to the Port of Mombasa, the General Manager Human Resources and administration Dr. Amani Komora stressed the need for employees to focus on productivity even as the Authority keeps its promise of modernizing equipment.

    "We have delivered a tug that is superior to the previous ones, because we want to improve on quality," he said.

    He promised the marine engineers and other technical staff of support in the necessary training program to keep them abreast with the ever changing technology to ensure the equipment remain well manned.

    Dock Workers Union Secretary General Simon Sang applauded KPA for the equipment acquisition, urging the management to ensure that the unionisable staff get adequate training opportunities to sharpen their skills.

    The tug  is fitted with the most advanced and powerful caterpillar "E" series engines and has a length overall (LOA) of 32 meters compared to the other four "D" series ASD tugboats which have a length overall of 30 meters and a Bollard Pull of 58.

    The acquisition of this tug now guarantees two to three simultaneous vessel movement at any given time. This translates to optimal availability of Four (4) at all times as compared to current situation of three (3) whenever one tug is out of service due to planned maintenance or breakdown.

    Currently 90% of vessels calling at port of Mombasa are post Panamax, which require at least two tugs for berthing and unberthing operations.

    The tugboat will also effectively provide fire suppression at sea, maritime pollution control and berthing. Additionally, it will have the capability to execute tug services within and outside the harbor.

    KPA's General Manager Engineering Services, Engineer Rashid Salim, said the new tug would come in handy in allowing smooth operations at the seaside especially when one of the tugs is out of station for routine maintenance and repair.

    He added that other marine services mega projects lined up include the acquisition of a pilot boat worth Sh600 million to be deployed to Lamu Port. This is in preparation for the start of operations in Lamu Port, which is set to start next year when the first berth will be ready.

    Meanwhile, regular caller Mv. Evergreen Dynamic has set a new record performance in the container handling operations. The container ship that docked at berth No.17 set a new Shift Record of 1428 gross moves during the second shift on Sunday. The record beats the previous record of 1204 gross moves registered by MV Livorno.  

    According to the Head of Container Operations Mr Edward Opiyo, the vessel also broke the 24 Hour stevedoring record held by Mv. Livorno and Kota Lambai respectively.

    Evergreen Dynamic also registered an average of 290 gross moves per hour to beat Kota Lambadi's recent record of 286 gross moves per hour translating to 2320TEUs in 24hours. Kota Lambadi in her previous record managed 2285 TEUs in 24 hours.

    The Panama flagged vessel has a length overall of 294.15 m, a breadth of 32.22m, deadweight of 55515 tonnes, gross tonnage of 52090 and a draught of 11.8m.

    Mr. Opiyo attributed the improved performance to good yard management, improved availability and maintenance of both shore and offshore equipment, enhanced staff morale through management recognition of performance and proper traffic management.




2019 January 23

18:27 Planning for 2020 IMO's sulphur cap has already started
18:13 Eagle Bulk receives commitment for a new credit facility totaling $208 million
18:02 Port of Gdansk (Poland) throughput in 2018 totaled 49.03 million tonnes, up 20.7% Y-o-Y
17:40 Andrei Malyarov elected as Chairman of Severnaya Verf shipyard's BoD
17:19 RWE files acquisition of renewables businesses of E.ON and innogy with European Commission
17:03 The Board of Directors of Fincantieri appoints a second General Manager
16:51 Ice restrictions at the port of Arkhangelsk come into effect on February 15
16:37 USCG interdicts smuggling boat with convicted criminals aboard off Florida
16:24 Regulatory issues related to operation of seaport infrastructure facilities to be discussed at the 2nd HES and Dredging Congress
16:08 First discharge of LPG from Ichthys LNG Project in Japan carried by “K” LINE’s VLGC “GRACE RIVER”
16:03 CMA CGM to launch its Med Pendulum Service (MPS)
15:46 Ice restrictions at the port of Vyborg (Leningrad Region) come into effect on February 6
15:33 Nakilat – Keppel welcomes first FSRU at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard
15:28 MHI Vestas achieves final turbine installation at Horns Reef 3
15:18 Rolls-Royce completes €57 million upgrade of Rauma thruster facility
15:03 NYK announces delivery of new coal carrier for Hokkaido Electric Power
14:33 Port of Oakland reports more ships than ever plugging into grid
14:20 Throughput of Port Vysotsky up 10.7% to 7.89 million tonnes in 2018
14:03 Kiel welcomes the TUI Cruises newbuilding
13:45 Admiralteiskie Verfi shipyard lays down large freezing trawler of Project СТ-192
13:27 Coast Guard’s only heavy icebreaker arrives at Antarctica
13:02 Rotterdam as a circular hub for the raw materials transition
12:58 The Russian Federation accedes to passenger compensation treaty
12:51 New initiatives to strengthen Singapore as a global maritime hub announced
12:37 SCHOTTEL presents new mechanical hybrid propulsion solution
12:04 Port of Riga cooperates with Balarusian forest industry to further increase its timber cargo volumes
11:42 15 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 22-23
11:16 OSG exercises option for second 204,000 barrel barge at Gunderson Marine
10:55 Maritime Security & Offshore Patrol Week 2019 to be held for the first time ever in Dubai, UAE by IQPC Middle East
10:37 N-KOM welcomes first FSRU at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard
10:20 Responsibilities for implementation of state programmes of the Russian Federation divided between Deputy Prime Ministers
10:06 Brent Crude futures price up 0.03% to $61.52, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.02% to $53.03
09:48 Aderco: Planning for 2020 has already started
09:43 Vympel Shipyard lays down yet another hydrographic vessel / buoy tender of Project 19910 for RF Navy
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,036 points

2019 January 22

18:25 Elengy prepares the sale of access capacities to the Fos Tonkin LNG terminal for the period 2021-2030
18:05 Monjasa steps up as the 2nd largest local bunker supplier in the Panama Canal in 2018
17:54 Relampago practices skills with UAE Navy ship
17:35 CalMac takes over the tiller at Argyll Ferries
17:05 NYK gets the highest-rated ‘A’ for Climate Change by CDP Survey
16:42 RF Government proposed candidates to Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port's BoD
16:23 Pilbara Ports Authority achieves a new record tonnage on a single tide at the Port of Port Hedland
15:56 Port of Rotterdam Authority and Rotterdam Port Promotion Council renew collaboration
15:46 ICTSI Subic hits milestone 200,000th TEU move
15:44 Growth seen in several sectors at ABP South Wales
15:28 KONTUR SPb ERT unit’s drills get thumbs up from Rosmorrechflot’s certification commission
15:22 First ship viaVerbrugge Terminals’ new permanent shipping line with South America docks in North Sea Port
15:00 Meyer Turku delivers New Mein Schiff 2 to TUI Cruises in Kiel
14:41 Jotun looks into expansion of ship coatings production in Russia
14:32 HHLA completes expansion of the container rail terminal Burchardkai
14:19 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
14:02 North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation opens the Port of Mackay for new bulk material trades
13:32 China Navigation to acquire the bulk shipping activities of Hamburg Süd
13:22 14 crewmembers of gas carriers which caught fire in the Kerch Strait confirmed dead, five missing
13:15 Fincantieri to build LCS 31 for US Navy
12:53 Gdynia, Poland to host Transport Week 2019 on March 5-7
12:31 MOL moves to establish 'Asahi MOL Tankers' for pool operation of MR Product Tankers
12:14 DFDS expands cooperation with Turkish Ekol Logistics
11:45 ABP invests £2.2 million in new agribulk terminal at Port of Ayr
11:17 BIMCO: only international action will stop increase in piracy