With the acquisition of this new equipment, the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) said the conventional cargo terminal expects 16 general cargo ships to discharge 353,533 tonnes of cargo, reports Nairobi's Standard Digital News.
Meanwhile, bulk clinker imports amounted to 110,800 tonnes and emerged the leading type of conventional cargo to be handled by the port during the first week of February.
Weekly performance statistics compiled by KPA's Conventional Cargo Department showed that bulk cargo accounted for 42.07 per cent of the total 263,384 tonnes of cargo handled.
'As a tradition, bulk clinker is discharged directly from the ships to awaiting trucks queuing at the quay apron ready for delivery to cargo freight stations. Hundreds of trucks were witnessed making port return trips to evacuate the dusty cargo,' said KPA.
As for containerised cargo, a total of 12,003 TEU were discharged from the ships compared to 15,383 TEU handled the previous week.
A breakdown of imported containers shows that Uganda dominated the transshipment segment, accounting for 4,647 TEU.
The conventional cargo terminal welcomed 19 vessels, discharging an average of 32,923 tonnes of cargo per day during the first week of February.
Bulk wheat was the second most common type of commodity imported with volumes reaching 63,198 tonnes, followed by steel at 28,644 tonnes, bulk fertiliser at 24,454 tonnes and bulk sea salt at 20,460 tonnes.
Cargo deliveries from the cargo terminal amounted to a total of 198,229 tonnes by road transportation, compared to the 63,198 tonnes that exited the port by the conveyor belt.
The terminal also handled 1,001 motorcars and 114 trucks as roll on/roll off cargo from various car carriers. The number of motor vehicles delivered under direct release stood at 1,023 units, leaving a balance of 80 units, while 12 other units were placed for transshipment.