• 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 20

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12:42 Huntington Ingalls Industries to acquire Fulcrum IT Services
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2019 January 19

16:19 Ocean Yield acquires Suezmax tanker Milos for $56.0 million
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14:02 Deltamarin contracted to continue with Titanic II project
12:51 SGRE launches 10 MW offshore wind turbine
11:44 Algoma increases its interest in the ocean self-unloader Pool

2019 January 18

18:06 North Carolina Ports sets new record in 2018
17:47 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 2018 climbed by 3% Y-o-Y to about 3.2 million tonnes
17:25 Okskaya Sudoverf obtains patent for state-of-the-art pontoons
17:06 Hamburg prepares for ‘Hard Brexit’
16:44 Throughput of port Primorsk in 2018 fell by 7% Y-o-Y to 53.48 million tonnes
16:23 GTT receives a new order from SHI to design the tanks of two LNG carriers on behalf of Gaslog
16:20 NOVATEK elects new Board of Directors
15:56 Throughput of port Vyborg in 2018 grew by 25% Y-o-Y to 1.93 million tonnes
15:33 Stena Line’s first new generation ferry ‘floats’ in China
15:21 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 2018 fell by 1.7% Y-o-Y to 49.8 million tonnes
15:03 Panama Direct service CMA CGM to resume weekly rotations
14:47 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 2018 climbed by 7% Y-o-Y to 18.79 million tonnes
14:33 GranIHC appointed contractor for Equinor’s Peregrino Phase II Project
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14:03 Algoma Central Corporation increases its interest in ocean self-unloader Pool
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13:35 Throughput of the Port of St. Petersburg in 2018 up 11% Y-o-Y to 59.32 million tonnes
13:18 CMA CGM unites its Containerships and MacAndrews brands
13:11 Vladimir Putin supports Government’s proposal on expanding Far East Ministry’s functions with Arctic issues
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12:26 MV Werften purchases Neptun Ship Design
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11:38 PGNiG SA signs agreement for oil and gas exploration and production in UAE
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10:47 Free zone status is a crucial advantage for the future development of the Freeport of Riga
10:06 Ice restrictions at the port of Ust-Luga come into effect on January 31
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2019 January 17

18:13 PORT OF KIEL presents annual results 2018
17:51 Ice restrictions at the port of Primorsk come into effect on January 25
17:28 Global Ports sets up a common service call centre
17:09 EFIP welcomes and supports the European Parliament position on the Connecting Europe Facility for 2021-2027
17:05 North Sea Port monitoring the Brexit closely
16:44 ABP invests £700K to boost storage at Port of Ipswich
16:27 Global fuel market: still many uncertainties in both demand and supply
16:22 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
16:05 OCEAN Alliance extends duration of OCEAN Alliance to ten years
15:42 COSCO SHIPPING Ports signs agreement with PSA to add two new berths at the terminal in Boao, Hainan
15:31 Liebherr supports the 6th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
15:02 Ocean Yield ASA agrees to acquire a modern Suezmax tanker for a consideration of USD 56.0 mln
14:02 SEACOR Marine enters agreement to acquire three additional platform supply vessels from affiliates of COSCO Shipping Group
13:49 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.2% to 9.22 billion tonnes in 2018
13:32 Jensen Maritime provides design for Shaver Transportation’s new tugboat
13:14 OOCL rolls out third phase of Ocean Alliance product refinements
12:50 Baltic Ports Organization’s schedule for 2019 is set
12:38 Port of Los Angeles breaks all-time cargo record in 2018
12:26 Qatar accedes to load lines convention
12:01 Sunseeker International and Rolls-Royce to present first production yacht with MTU hybrid power in 2020
11:51 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:38 Port of Zeebrugge handled 40.1 million tonnes in 2018