Three ZPMC STS cranes delivered to Port of Lamu

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The cranes have a reach of 24 containers across and have been designed to tackle the challenges posed by windy conditions. Also, the KPA has ordered four RTGs.

Three Post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes were delivered at Kenya’s Port of Lamu. The Kenya Ports Authority has added that cranes have been safely offloaded from the vessel MV Zhen Hua 24. The operation concluded successfully on Monday morning local time.

Speaking to the media at the Port of Lamu, Capt. William Ruto, Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director, stated that “the arrival of the three cutting-edge cranes is set to revolutionize the port’s operations and position it as a global maritime hub.”

“These cranes stand out due to their advanced technology and capabilities. With a reach of 24 containers across and the capacity to handle modern vessels of over 18,000 TEU, they are well-equipped to compete with the top ports worldwide and attract Super Post-Panamax vessels,” Ruto said.

He added that these cranes have been specifically designed to tackle the unique challenges posed by Lamu’s windy conditions, with twin-box girder booms ensuring stability and operational reliability.

According to the local media, the cranes, manufactured by ZPMC, are worth over Sh4 billion (US$ 30.6 million).

Furthermore, the Kenya Ports Authority has ordered four RTGs for the Port of Lamu which will be delivered between June and July.

Lamu is being developed as part the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET), an ambitious project to  connect Lamu with the neighbouring states of South Sudan and Ethiopia. Work on the first three of an eventual 23 berths was completed by China Communications Construction Company in 2021.

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