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AUGUST 2018

ICD Nairobi Upgraded facility heralds a bright future for the region

The Inland Container Depot Embakasi

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IN THIS ISSUE //

AUGUST 2018

4 Editor’s Note

A booming present and a solid foundation for the future

Editorial Chairman: Bernard Osero Editors: Dave Jones Buchere \\ Sylvan Mghanga Contributors: Hajj Masemo \\ Mohamed Abdulrahman \\ Emily Mutali \\ Abdishukri Osman \\ Milton Mwaivu \\ Regina Ayub \\ Anne Mwakio \\ Priscilla Mwakima

9 Container carrier MV Spero makes maiden call The Port of Mombasa got a major boost after one of the leading global shipping lines started operations at the Port. Hapag-Lloyd which is a German based shipping company and the fifth largest container carrier in...

12 Nairobi ICD launches Smart Gates The Authority has launched new smart gates that will go a long way in improving truck turn-around time and enhance security at the Nairobi Inland Container Depot (ICD)...

5 Energised by our persistence and broad shoulders Message from the Managing Director Our quest for success is an ongoing journey. Each sunrise and sunset marks the start of the latest pursuit to serve..

6 Transport Committee impressed by SGR freight services National Assembly Committee on Transport, Public Works and Housing has praised Kenya Ports Authority for its role in improving...

7 Port stakeholders urged to support Ag. MD Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Board Chairman Gen. (Rtd) Joseph Kibwana has urged the Mombasa Port stakeholders to support...

8 Mombasa Port receives new cranes Kenya Ports Authority has acquired one new Ship to Shore (STS) Gantry Crane and eight Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) Cranes to...

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12 Mombasa Port gets new fuel bowsers The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has acquired two new state of the art smart fuel dispensing bowsers worth KSh 54 Million....

13 KPA launches EAMA awards The Authority recently launched the East Africa Maritime Awards (EAMA) which seeks to recognise and award notable users of the Port of Mombasa...

14 KPA celebrates the 2017 retirees The Authority recently celebrated the 140 employees who retired in the year 2017 with a combined 4398 years of service. The colorful event staged at the KPA Mbaraki Sports...

15 New record performance at the Port of Mombasa 15 Union Employees get salary hike 16 KPA Board of Directors’ induction tour


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18 NEPAD, AFDB and UNECA endorse LAPSSET project Three Country representatives including Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia have...

19 Pictorial 20 KPA Pension Scheme fund value hits Kshs 4.53 Billion

10 -11 Cover story Upgraded ICD Nairobi heralds a bright future for the region

Every three years the Kenya Ports Authority Pension Scheme conducts elections to pick office bearers as required by law...

21 KPA Sports Club, Mbaraki to elevate status Construction of accommodation facilities, swimming pool and refurbishment of existing sports facilities at the Kenya Ports...

22 Kenya ready to host the 26th IAME conference At least 150 full research papers are expected to be presented at the forthcoming 26th International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) conference to be held...

23 Long serving Chief Port Fire Officer Stephen Ng’anga Kagombe Retires after 39 year service 24 Mixed fortunes for a former Gemstone miner during the KPA free medical camp 26 Courage and resilience epitomises Nzioka’s 41 years of service at KPA “Control Bravo Two do you copy”? Dorcas Nzioka, 59, a KPA security sergeant barked through her tiny radio call.

28 KPA women team finishes among top five clubs in Africa 29 KPA crowned basketball champions 30 Terminal Operations retains the KPA interdepartmental trophy

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A booming present and a solid foundation for the future

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t has been seven months of positive and transformational developments at the Port of Mombasa. If one were to place a time-lapse camera at the port, it would project visible and impressive changes. The impact of the capacity expansion program is palpable. The operationalisation of the second container terminal has boosted the ports’ cargo handling capacity by over 50%, the SGR freight service has 8 daily cargo trains and growing, and Nairobi’s ICD is a beehive of cargo haulage activity. Milestones and numbers have told a progressive story. The human input behind the milestones achieved is captivating and breathtaking. Dockworkers, support staff and management have grinded out achievements through toil and smart implementation of plans. For example, in the month of July 2018, a team broke a three-year productivity record on gross moves per hour. An internal campaign known as wajibika is underway with the objective of raising

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and sustaining performance levels. The role of each worker from the berth to the various offices is key in achievement of all milestones.

The common denominator remains Kenya Ports Authority continues to discharge effectively its mandate. The programs underway have brought services closer to the customers, enhanced the competitiveness of the port of Mombasa, unveiled new frontiers that quickly interconnect the port with other modes of transport. Critically, the programs are aligned with Kenya’s and the region’s economic blueprints. Equally, customer expectations have grown tremendously. Whereas, the lines between perceptions and realities are blurred, KPA will draw the perception lines by providing clarity and initiating a compelling narrative. In our daily operations, we boldly demonstrate that the port has a solid, booming present and the foundation for a brighter future.

All stakeholders are at a cusp of a speedy evolution of port services. The investments mean that bigger ships are calling at the port, cargo is being offloaded efficiently, cargo verification by multiple partner agencies is improving and transport infrastructure is expanding. Ultimately, movement and eventual safe delivery of cargo in an efficient and timely manner should be the norm. KPA is an important cog in chain link formed by the cargo services linkages. It initiates the gearing that moves cargo and has robust and proven capacity to play that role. Effective Port operations are an enabler to economic activities whether at national, community or individual level. KPA has both a credible license and accompanying proof of performance to spur efficient cargo movement and inevitably, fuel economic growth and prosperity. On this note, the Authority can give a cast-iron guarantee and deliver. Bernard Osero Chairman Editorial Team


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Message from the Managing Director

Energised by our persistence and broad shoulders

Well-laid plans, investments and tireless efforts may not achieve much if we lack that human virtue – persistence

Our quest for success is an ongoing journey. Each sunrise and sunset marks the start of our round-the-clock pursuit to serve the citizens of Kenya and the region through the port of Mombasa. Each day we execute tasks, improve on the existing ones and lay down new plans.

For smooth operations and to ensure enhanced operational efficiency, we have redeployed additional key personnel to the Nairobi lCD and introduced a 24-hour working schedule including weekends and holidays and in effect mirroring our Port of Mombasa schedule.

That notwithstanding, we are alive to the fact that well-laid plans, investments and tireless efforts may not achieve much if we lack that human virtue - persistence. I believe that success is propped on the shoulders of those who endlessly persist, learn from their mistakes and put an extra ounce of effort to be better.

The upgraded facility now has an annual capacity of 450,000 TEUs and continues to grow in terms of modern equipment. Whereas, one of the selling points of the lCD was an 11-day free storage period for import containers, we have had to reduce this to 4 days to align with the storage days at the port in order to encourage importers to hasten collection of cargo.

The last six months have tested our collective persistence. The focus was and continues to be the introduction of commercial rail freight services via the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). The service commenced on January 1st 2018. It aims at decongesting the Port of Mombasa by increasing cargo off-take by rail from the Port to the upgraded Inland Container Depot Nairobi (ICDN). The team has continuously round the clock, in both Mombasa and Nairobi to ensure seamless and faster clearance of cargo and ultimately the continued success of the SGR freight services. It is rewarding to note that the government’s efforts towards promoting the use of the service are bearing fruit. The service started with one cargo train transporting 108 TEUs daily from the Port of Mombasa to ICDN and has steadily grown with up to eight trains in August ferrying up to a total of 756 TEUs daily. We expect to operate twelve trains every day by the end of the year.

Collaboration and shared interests As we invest resources and commit ourselves to improved services, we are also liaising closely with our customers and all stakeholders, keeping them on the alert to the fact that port efficiency is not a preserve of KPA but a shared responsibility with all players. Already some of the world’s largest container shipping companies, have embraced the SGR and Through Bill of Lading (TBL) mode of transport for their cargo from the Port of Mombasa to Nairobi lCD. We are also seeing more lines deploying new services to our Port. We are optimistic this will be a momentous year in terms of operational milestones. We also believe and trust that our shoulders are broad enough to bear more weight and our unending tenacity. More is to come. Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku Ag. Managing Director

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Transport Committee impressed by SGR freight services National Assembly Committee on Transport, Public Works and Housing has praised Kenya Ports Authority for its role in improving container offtake through the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) freight services. The Hon. David Pkosing led Committee which recently visited the Port of Mombasa on a fact finding mission, extolled KPA for supporting Kenya Railways to ensure faster loading of cargo destined for the hinterland further promoting Kenya as a business hub in the region and continent as a whole. Advancing the case for SGR, the Committee Chair said there’s need for synergy among the State Corporations namely Kenya Railways, Kenya Revenue Authority and KPA charged with ensuring its success for faster clearance of cargo. “It is very pleasing to hear the big number of containers that move via the cargo train daily, this number

is set to rise further in two months and this is very encouraging considering that the commercial freight services just commenced in January this year.”, he said. General Manager Operations Captain William Ruto emphasised to the legislators the significance of SGR in clearing cargo to the inland container Depot Nairobi, a facility whose capacity was recently expanded to meet the increasing demand. “The port is only as good as its offtake, SGR is very crucial to KPA, we have necessary space to grow our transshipment business.

purely based on the principle of economies of scale. The Committee toured the Port of Mombasa and got to appreciate the ongoing infrastructural developments and capacity expansion programs including the Marshaling Yard where cargo destined for Nairobi through SGR is loaded and also the Second Container Terminal. They also visited Bandari College which is expected to be transformed into a maritime Centre of excellence.

As a port, we want to grow our transshipment business in the next five years,” he said. The GM explained to the Committee that contrary to fears that importers were being compelled to transport their cargo by rail, the true position was that this was

General Manager Operations Captain William Ruto, briefs the Hon. Members of the Transport Committee led by their Chairman Hon. David Pkosing (second left) at the Second Container Terminal during their tour at the Port of Mombasa.

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Port stakeholders urged to support Ag. MD

Left: KPA Board Chairman Gen. (Rtd) Joseph R. Kibwana in consultation with Ag. Managing Director Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku during the meeting. Right: Stakeholders meeting in progress.

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enya Ports Authority (KPA) Board Chairman Gen. (Rtd) Joseph Kibwana has urged the Mombasa Port stakeholders to support the Acting Managing Director Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku for the Port of Mombasa to remain competitive in the region. Speaking during the weekly stakeholders meeting which both Chairman and the MD attended for the first time since their appointment, Kibwana described Manduku as a visionary, energetic and capable leader ready to deliver the Authority’s mandate. “As you are aware the survival of the entire region is dependent on the efficient performance of the Port. Therefore port performance is paramount and very key in the whole logistics chain and it behooves each cargo intervener to timely and consistently play their respective role,” he said. Kibwana who previously served under the same capacity, told the meeting that for customers to enjoy quality services all port users and stakeholders should focus on giving user friendly services by simplifying operation processes.

He further encouraged each service provider to be guided by the port community service charter and work towards meeting their set targets. The Chairman assured the stakeholders of the new board’s commitment in ensuring efficiency and delivery of quality services adding that he would continue engaging them regularly to appreciate their thoughts about the efficiency at the Port. “The new board will hold management accountable but will always support the management to ensure that the customer is at the center of the port business,” he added.

survival “of The the entire region

The weekly port stakeholders meeting held on Fridays brings together Kenya Ports Authority, Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Bureau of Standards, Kenya Maritime Authority, Police, Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association, Shipping agents, Container Freight Stations, representatives of the Revenue Authorities from the East African region among other port users. After the stakeholders meeting the KPA Board Chairman chaired his first board meeting for the new team before they were joined by the former board members for a joint meeting. The joint team later proceeded for farewell luncheon in honor of the outgoing board.

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Mombasa Port receives new cranes

Left: MV Biglift Barentsz cruising the Kilindini channel to discharge the equipment at Berth No. 21. Right: General Manager Engineering Services Eng. Rashid Salim addressing the media during the cranes arrival. He was flanked by Head of Container Terminal Engineering Eng. Julius Tai (L) and Head of Corporate Affairs Mr. Bernard Osero (R).

Kenya Ports Authority has acquired one new Ship to Shore (STS) Gantry Crane and eight Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) Cranes to boost efficiency and productivity at the Port of Mombasa.

ships up to 18 containers (45 meters across) and advance crane monitoring system while the RTG has a hybrid power system which results into improved fuel efficiency of up to 50 percent and reduced carbon emissions.

General Manager Engineering Services Eng. Rashid Salim who received the equipment, said this was the first consignment of the four (STS) and 12 RTGs ordered by the Authority from Japan at a total cost of Ksh 6.68 Billion.

It also has an advanced crane monitoring system, automatic steering and is also installed with accurate container load weighing system.

Four more RTG cranes were delivered in May 2018 bringing the total number of RTGs to 50 and STSs to 13. The other three STS cranes are under construction and will be delivered in 2021 bringing the total of STS cranes to 16. The cost of one STS is Kshs 947 million while each RTG costs Kshs 185 million. Eng. Salim said the new equipment will be deployed at the Second Container Terminal which has been operational since April 2016 to increase off -take of cargo at the Port. The new STS main features include; capacity to lift two 20 foot containers in one move, safe working load (65 tons), ability to handle

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The equipment comes at a time when the Authority is undertaking massive infrastructural developments and port capacity expansion programmes aimed at improving operational efficiency. The first phase of the Second Container Terminal with an annual capacity of 550,000 TEUs was completed at a cost of Ksh 28 billion and plans are at advanced stages for the beginning of the construction of the second phase which will increase the port’s capacity with an additional 450,000 TEUs. In 2017, the new terminal alone handled nearly 300,000 TEU’s. Once phases 2 and 3 are complete, the total capacity of the Second Container Terminal will be 1.5 million TEUs, raising the Port’s total container

handling capacity to 2.65million TEUs by 2025. The acquisition of KPA’s equipment is part of the Mombasa Port Development Programme for the Second Container Terminal (CT2) financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The recent capacity expansion including initial dredging of the port channel, berth construction, upgrading of equipment and ICT Systems has given the Port of Mombasa a competitive advantage. The Port can now accommodate bigger vessels with larger capacities hence offering competitive services occasioned by economies of scale. The Port of Mombasa is currently the deepest in the East and Central African region and can accommodate panamax container ships of up to 8,000 TEUs. The shipping industry is shifting towards larger vessels.


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Container carrier MV Spero makes maiden call

Left: MV Spero discharged 154 TEUs on her maiden call at the Port of Mombasa. Right: General Manager Engineering Services Eng. Rashid Salim (L) presents a KPA plaque to MV Spero Captain James Kagaoan.

The Port of Mombasa got a major boost after one of the leading global shipping lines started operations at the Port. Hapag-Lloyd, a German based shipping company and the fifth largest container carrier in terms of vessel capacity commenced its services in the East African region with its vessel MV Spero making her maiden call at the Port of Mombasa on Thursday, April 12th 2018 at 0400 hours. The vessel with a carrying capacity of 1770 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) offloaded a total of 154 TEUs at the Port before proceeding to the neighboring Port of Dar- es-Salaam. With a scheduled weekly service of four vessels in total, with direct connections between Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Mombasa and Dar es Salaam, the shipping line has now joined the other five of the world’s top 10 container shipping lines that call at the Port of Mombasa. Others are; Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Company, CMACGM, China Ocean Shipping Company and Evergreen.

The container volumes carried by the line are expected to progressively increase over the next few months which will be a boom to the Port of Mombasa driving business growth in the largest Port in the East and Central African region.

He added that since the beginning of commercial freight services in January this year from the Port of Mombasa to the Inland Container Depot (ICD) Nairobi, the number of trains delivering cargo daily via SGR had increased considerably.

General Manager Engineering Services Eng. Rashid Salim was on site to receive the vessel and presented a certificate of first call to the ship’s Captain James Kagaoan.

Captain. James Kagaoan noted that it was an honour for his company to be serving the Port of Mombasa and East Africa, adding that they were keen on exceeding the region’s expectations in the shipping industry.

The increase in the number of shipping lines calling the Port is a manifestation of the confidence the global shipping and business community have in the Port of Mombasa,

Hapag – Lloyd offers a fleet with a capacity of 1.6 million TEU’s, as well as a container stock of more than 2.3 million TEUs including one of the world’s largest and most modern reefer container fleets.

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Upgraded ICD Nairobi heralds a bright future for the region Importers and exporters continue to witness significant cargo off take from the Port of Mombasa to the newly upgraded Inland Container Depot (ICD) Nairobi following measures put in place by the government. When H.E the President Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta commissioned the upgraded ICD in December last year, indeed this was seen as a memorable Christmas gift to both traders and consumers. The President had good news for both local and foreign exporters, as he announced that they would enjoy a 50 percent discount by using the facility to transport their cargo. Kenya Ports Authority Magazine | August 2018

President Kenyatta noted that operations at the upgraded depot which is linked to the Port of Mombasa Container Terminal by a railtainer service on the Mombasa to Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line would ensure seamless clearance and movement of cargo enhancing transport and logistics along the northern corridor. And since the arrival of the first cargo freight train on January 1st 2018, Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) have put in place a number of measures


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clearance service premised to the promise of six hours clearance at the depot. For such clients, there’s no verification at ICD, their cargo is cleared straight to the destination and post clearance audits only to be done where issues exist thus substantially saving time and cost.

the government’s efforts have a positive economic impact. To ensure smooth operations and enhance operational efficiency, below are some of the measures currently in place:

In a bid to encourage cargo owners and transporters to embrace the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) to transport their containers from the Port of Mombasa to the Nairobi Inland Container Depot (ICDN) both KPA and KRC announced a reduction on tariffs.

In the month of July the seventh train was introduced carrying 756 TEUs daily

The facility now receives seven trains daily carrying 756 TEUs up from one train in January carrying 108 TEUs meaning the government’s efforts have a positive economic impact KPA announced rebates on handling charges with the 20 ft container being charged $ 80 down from $ 105 and the 40 ft charged at $120 from $ 173.

As a result of these interventions, the rail transport has continued registering a significant increase with the Nairobi ICD now handling in excess of 756 TEUs daily.

For instance, KRA through the Customs and Border Control Department has come up with measures to facilitate operations at the ICD Nairobi and this includes commitment to clear properly documented cargo within six hours.

“We look back with pride at what we have so far managed to handle since the arrival of the first cargo freight train on 1st January, 2018,” says Head of Inland Container Depots Mr. Symon Wahome.

Among the new strategies put in place is a team of dedicated inter-agency personnel at the ICD one stop center, which is a collaboration between the major cargo interveners namely KPA, KRA and KRC operations serving clients seven days a week. Additionally, the one stop center provides a green channel (pre-arrival clearance) for Authorised Economic Operators (AEOs). AEOs are a special category of customs compliant clients who upon arrival receive express

The upgraded Nairobi ICD now has an annual capacity of 450,000 TEUs up from the initial 180,000 TEUs and with an efficient SGR cargo service it is expected to attract at least 40 percent of cargo arriving at the Port of Mombasa in a seamless process for the benefit of importers and cargo agents.

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Similarly, KRC introduced a promotional tariff where SGR freighters pay a flat fee of $ 350 for a 20 ft container and $ 400 for a 40 ft container from Mombasa to the Inland Container Depot Nairobi.

aimed at ensuring seamless facilitation from the Port to the ICD for release of cargo while continually improving service delivery and customer satisfaction.

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H. E President Uhuru Kenyatta accompanied by senior Governement officials during the commissioning of the upgraded Nairobi ICD

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Review of handling charges for both local and transit cargo- from $103 to $80 per 20ft unit, and from $157 to $120 for 40ft. For Transit cargo it was reduced from $85 to $60 for 20ft unit and $125 down to $90 per 40ft. •

Introduction of 24hour work schedule including Sundays

Opening of a one stop Centre

Use of Hand Held Terminal (HHT) to update slots in the yard and in tracing of containers in the yard.

Enhanced human resources capacity and equipment

The facility now receives seven trains daily carrying 756 TEUs up from one train in January carrying 108 TEUs meaning

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Nairobi ICD launches Smart Gates

The Authority has launched new smart gates that will go a long way in improving truck turn-around time and enhance security at the Nairobi Inland Container Depot (ICD).

The new system is aimed at eradicating cumbersome human intervention in cargo exit process reducing chances of system and process manipulation.

A smart gate is an automated self-service border control system operated at highly restricted areas. Once a truck driver approaches the Nairobi ICD, he will scan a barcode to a barcode reader machine which then identifies the truck and cargo to be collected and advises the latter on where to pick the cargo.

“This development is in line with a raft measures being implemented by the Authority and our 2018-2022 strategic plan to enhance port efficiency and reduce pilferage of containers.

The barcode system is expected to see cargo trucks spend 30 seconds to access the ICD instead of the usual 10-15 minutes.

This underscores our commitment to becoming a world-class sea port of choice. We took a deliberate step in modernising our gates which will go a long way in improving our efficiency at Nairobi ICD,” noted Kenya Ports Authority, Acting Managing Director, Dr. Arch Daniel Manduku.

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10-15 mins “We are currently training all truck drivers so that in the next three months everyone will be well versed with the protocols here. Our plan is to reduce human intervention at the gates and make it as simple and seamless as possible,” concluded Dr. Arch. Manduku.

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Mombasa Port gets new fuel bowsers The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has acquired two new state of the art smart fuel dispensing bowsers worth KSh 54 Million. The technology, one of its kind in the region, was custom made for KPA in order to eliminate human element in refueling and introduce remote recording of fuel deliveries as a means to efficient asset management. The handing over and commissioning of the bowsers was witnessed by the Head of Conventional Cargo Engineering (HCCE) Eng. Felix Ong’wen. According to Ong’wen, the bowsers were designed to end fuel siphoning which proved costly to the Authority. “The equipment incorporates digital gauging system that uses smart product identification to measure fuel tanks,” he said. Kenya Ports Authority Magazine | August 2018

In addition, Ong’wen said the bowsers will aid in ensuring an audit trail of each fuel movement from the bowser such that the date, time, and location is recorded, regardless of whether a pump or meter is used. He added that the automated system shall raise alarms to Management in cases of fraudulent transactions including but not limited to unauthorised fuel removal or retention, system offline or power off and product quality. Prior to commissioning and handover of the bowsers, the manufacturer’s engineers conducted on site training to KPA technicians, drivers and staff of the contracted fuel supplier (National Oil Corporation of Kenya – NOCK).

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KPA launches EAMA awards The Authority recently launched the East Africa Maritime Awards (EAMA) which seeks to recognise and award notable users of the Port of Mombasa. The awards aim to set performance standards by encouraging port users towards a more collaborative approach to regional trade while taking cognizance of the praiseworthy achievements by individual players. KPA Acting Managing Director, Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku said the new award system was a break from the past approach where the Authority undertook rewards programs without the input of external stakeholders. “Over the years, we have appreciated your efforts by giving awards to different players in the industry. While this has been commendable, we have decided in collaboration with other anchor stakeholders to initiate a reward system that will be free, fair, and open to all the industry players to participate in line with international standards of practice,� he said in a speech delivered on his behalf by General Manager Corporate Services Mr. Edward Kamau during the launch.

The Authority has incorporated the help of an independent expert, Think Business Limited, who will put in place a research-based method of assessment in the award process that is objective, valid and foolproof.

The initiative comes in the wake of massive modernisation of port infrastructure at the Mombasa seaside to enhance port efficiency and enable fast movement of cargo to the hinterland via the Standard Gauge Railway.

EAMA awards target the maritime community, both individuals and organisations in Eastern Africa that endeavor to strengthen and grow their services at the Port of Mombasa.

Between April and July this year, the Port received six Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG) cranes, one new Ship to Shore Gantry Crane and 12 Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) Cranes for the Second Container Terminal.

The list of the 26 award categories includes among others importers and exporters, shipping lines and agents, cargo consolidators, clearing and forwarding agents and warehousing companies, CFS operators, partner government agencies, transporters, liquid and bulk operators, providers of support services among others.

During the same period, the Authority also acquired additional 28 new terminal tractors and four Eco Hoppers fitted with environmental friendly gadgets that reduce dust emission while handling dirty cargo such as Clinker, Gypsum and Coal. The equipment is now operational and contributing to improved port performance.

Head of Marketing, Ms. Miriam Mwakundia says the EAMA awards are a strategic initiative of the Authority in collaboration with the Kenya Maritime Authority, Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Trade Network Agency, Shippers Council of Eastern Africa, East African Business Council and Think Business Limited.

General Manager Corporate Services Mr. Edward Kamau (extreme right), General Manager Engineerng services, Eng. Rashid Salim (extreme left) joined by key stakeholders during the launch of EAMA awards.

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KPA celebrates the 2017 retirees

Left: Some of the retirees dancing to the Kayamba Africa tunes during the party. Right: Ag. Head of Human Resource Ms. Irene Mbogho presenting a gift to former Head of Employee Relations Mr. Richard Kenduywo during the celebrations at the KPA Sports Club Mbaraki.

The Authority recently celebrated the 140 employees who retired in the year 2017 with a combined 4398 years of service. The colorful event staged at the KPA Sports Club Mbaraki saw the retirees relish every moment of the ceremony organised by the Human Resources Department in their honor. Everything from the Emcee, food, drinks, to the presents and the entertainment by Kayamba Africa, a renowned music band summarised this memorable occasion as a befitting farewell party for the senior citizens. Acting Head of Human Resource Ms. Irene Mbogho who represented the Acting Managing Director during the function thanked the former employees for their unreserved and amazing service to the Authority. “We recognise your dedication to duty in your various capacities and we do not take your great service for granted,” she said. The Head of Human Resource commended the team for their commitment while in service saying this was instrumental in the Authority’s journey towards attaining the many gains being witnessed to date.

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Amidst the retired group, there were two retirees namely Mwangangi Mbiti (formerly in Marine Operations Department) and James Ndanga (Formerly at ICD Nairobi) who had each individually served the Authority with a record 43 years, the highest in the history of KPA.

“I really want to sincerely thank the KPA management for taking

Speaking on behalf of the retirees, retired Head of Pension Mr. Maurice Amawa thanked the organising committee led by the Principal Human Resource Officer (Administration and Discipline) Ms. Constance Mcharo for appreciating them.

Similar sentiments were made by Donald Niga, a retired senior clerical assistant (Container Operations) who worked for 26 years at the Authority after his experience as a hotelier in the private sector.

Amawa cautioned the employees who own vehicles and still in service to beware of unscrupulous people carrying contraband goods in the Port fond of asking for lifts. Anne Gwiyo, a former personal secretary at the Terminal Engineering Department, on her part was full of praise for her former employer. She said having worked elsewhere for a tour firm for 20 years and rendered jobless, it was by God’s grace that she secured a permanent job at KPA - an opportunity that safeguarded her destiny.

good care of their staff. There’s no other place of work where an employee will feel appreciated with greater satisfaction than at KPA,” she said.

“When I got a call from Sharon Orimba, a member of the organising committee for this function I was really touched knowing the lasting impact KPA as an employer has left in my heart. I may not know what rationale the HR Department used to consider the retirees of our year for this fete but what remains important is my employer has contributed to my success and I am a happy man because all my children have properly been educated.”


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New record performance at the Port of Mombasa The Port of Mombasa has registered a new record performance in container operations following the discharge of 3872 TEUS in less than eight hours.

Head of Container Operations Mr. Edward Opiyo attributed the improved performance to well coordinated operations and motivated workforce.

The record was set by Container vessel Livorno at berth no. 17 by registering 1204 gross moves exceeding the previous record of 1117 gross moves registered by MV Ever Dynamic.

He also credited the success to adequate utilisation of resources which included the use of 16 Terminal Tractors, three Ship to Shore gantry cranes and dedicated yard equipment. Opiyo further said that yard fluidity contributed to the record breaking saying such feats could be surpassed if the right measures were in place for the workers.

She also registered an average of 140 gross moves per hour to beat MV Ever Dynamic’s recent 129 gross moves per hour and MV Kota Lambai’s record of 82 gross moves per hour. The Liberian flagged vessel has a length overall of 261 m, a breadth of 32m, deadweight of 50689 tonnes, gross tonnage of 39906 and a draught of 10m.

The record was set by Container vessel Livorno at berth no. 17 by registering

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The first sling commenced at 1540 hours and by 2300 hours she had done 1204 TEUs. The team is motivated and that is why we are now able to maintain the window of each vessel,” said Opiyo.

He added that three gangs comprising of four people were also involved.

He added that currently every vessel at the Port finishes at an average of 40 gross moves per hour.

“This is the record that has surpassed all the records in the history of the Port of Mombasa.

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Union Employees get salary hike Dock workers union members have earned salary increment of an average of 10 percent to be spread over two years.

(1), HG3 (II) and HG3 (1). In the HG3 category the highest paid will earn a basic salary of Kshs 66,820 up from Kshs 61,870.

This follows the successful registration of the 2018/2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement pact between the Management and the Dock Workers Union by the Employment and Labour Relations Court (ELRC). The court in Nairobi issued a registration certificate paving way for implementation.

On House allowance, according to the Head of Employee Relations Ms. Catherine Wangari, employees in Grade HG1 and HG2 will get an increment of Kshs 2000 while HG 3 and 4 will get an increment of 1800.Employees in Nairobi will get an increment of 2000 across all grades while transport allowance will increase by Kshs 1000 across the board for all Unionisable employees.

Since the CBA effective period is 1st January 2018, accordingly, the increments were backdated to January 2018 with the lowest paid employee at Grade HG4 earning a basic salary of Kshs 36,640 an increment of 12 percent from the current Kshs 32,710. The highest paid Unionisable employee at Grade HG1 will earn a basic salary of Kshs 94,760, an increment of 7 percent from the current Kshs 88,560. The basic salary for employees in Grade HG 2 will increase by 7 percent from Kshs 70,860 to Kshs 75,820 while those in Grade HG3 will see their basic salary rise by 8 percent, 10.5 percent and 11 percent respectively for HG3

In the year 2019 all the unionisable employees will get an additional 2 percent increment on their salaries.In total the Authority will spend at least Kshs 942 million on the total package for the 5122 unionisable workers for the 2018/2019 CBA period. Speaking during the signing ceremony at the New Conference room, Acting Managing Director Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku expressed delight saying the workers’ welfare remains top on his priorities.

“This is one moment that I will not forget. I think it is Godsend because this milestone makes me feel proud. When we work together as a team nothing can be insurmountable,” said Dr. Manduku. “I will work towards ensuring that our workers get what they deserve not only in terms of salaries but also other allowances,” he added. On his part the General Secretary of the Dock Workers Union Mr. Simon Sang expressed satisfaction and assured the MD of the workers’ commitment towards enhancing performance at the Port of Mombasa. General Manager Operations Captain William Ruto, General Manager Engineering Services Eng. Rashid Salim, Acting General Manager Finance Mr. Geoffrey Kavate, Head of Employee Relations Ms. Catherine Wangari and Acting Head of Human Resources Ms. Irene Mbogho were also present during the meeting.

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KPA Board of Directors’ induction and orientation

On July 19th, 2018 as part of their orientation program, the Board of Directors led by Chairman Gen. (Rtd) Joseph Kibwana toured the Port of Mombasa to familiarise themselves with the Port operations. Key among the areas they visited include; Marine Control Tower, Pollution Control Centre, Dockyard, KRA Scanner at the G-Section, Conventional Cargo Berths, Electrical and Mechanical Workshops, SGR marshalling yard, Second Container Terminal and Terminal Engineering Workshop. Later in the month the Board also visited the Kisumu Inland Container Depot (ICD) and the Kisumu Pier.

Directors at the KRA scanner at the G-Section.

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Directors at the SGR marshalling yard.

Directors at Second Container Terminal.

Directors at the Dock yard.

Directors at the Kisumu ICD.

Directors at the Terminal Engineering workshop.

Directors at the KPA stand during the Kisumu regional ASK show.

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NEPAD, AFDB and UNECA endorse LAPSSET project Three Country representatives including Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia have commended the progress of the ongoing Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia (LAPSSET) Transport corridor.

The Lamu Port project - which commenced early 2015 - is regarded as the umbilical cord of the entire LAPSSET programme and is slated to berth its first vessel in 2020. The delegation which toured the construction site affirmed their support for the mega initiative adding that it will greatly improve inter-regional relationship and security. LAPSSET is among ten mega projects in Africa viewed as major transformative initiative for the region and expected to see small nations such as South Sudan develop. The delegation, which was accompanied by the LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority (LCDA) Director General / CEO Mr. Silvester Kasuku was recieved by the Lamu Port Project Coordinator Eng. Peter Oremo and Lamu Port Project Manager Eng. Dan Amadi. Mr. Yinka Adeyemi, UN Senior Advisor to United Nation Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) said that LAPSSET project will promote understanding and movement of goods across the borders hence remains critical in enhancing peace in the region. “We therefore need to deepen and enhance our understanding of this project in order to identify economic opportunities and coordinate efforts to realize its completion in time,” Mr. Adeyemi added. The commission expressed satisfaction with the commitment both the implementing agencies and government have shown towards the several components of LAPSSET project. The delegation also recommended the need to package the progress and plan well in advance for labour and resource management. Mr. Adeyemi also said that the regional integrating project will significantly enhance trade and development not only Kenya Ports Authority Magazine | August 2018

General Manager Lamu Port, Engineer Abdullahi Samatar (Left) briefing Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya ( 3rd Left) and the LAPSSET Board led by Chairman Ambassdour Francis Muthaura (2nd Left) and Director General Mr. Silvester Kasumu(Extreme right) on the Lamu project model recently.

for the three partner states but for the whole of Africa. Similarly, Ambassador Moun Deng Ajuet, Director of Finance, Embassy of South Sudan in Kenya noted impressive progress of the LAPSSET project adding that South Sudan’s commitment to the project was well crafted on the plaque that commissioned the project in 2012. The diplomat emphasised that economic development is tagged on peace adding that the youngest African country would finalise on the peace talks in readiness of the mega project to enjoy its benefits. “We will continue to champion peace and remain optimistic that this project will provide the much anticipated substantial change in the region’s economic direction,” he added. South Sudan is among the countries that are expected to be served by the new second transport corridor together with Ethiopia. In addition, the corridor is anticipated to develop Lamu County, open up

northern Kenya including Garissa, Isiolo and Marsabit as well as the more than six other Counties it is expected to pass through. In addition, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Kenya lauded the success story of the Lamu Port project and expressed gratitude to be part of the transformative initiative. NEPAD Kenya Chief Executive Officer Mr. Daniel Osiemo said that LAPSSET project was the highest priority for the three governments of Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia and added that NEPAD will support such infrastructural developments aimed at deepening regional integration. According to NEPAD, the LAPSSET project which is admitted as the 9th under the African Union’s Presidential Infrastructure Championship Initiative (PICI) has overtaken the initial projects in terms of implementation.


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Group photo of H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta with top Govt officials when he inspected the Nairobi- Naivasha SGR Phase 2A Project. Transport , Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development CS Mr. James Macharia, Public Works PS Prof. Arch. Paul Maringa (seated third and second left respectively. Standing on extreme (L) is Ag. KPA MD Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku.

Diplomatic courtesy call: Mr. Zahid Qadeer (Commercial Counselor, Pakistan Embassy, Nairobi) paid a courtesy call on the KPA Acting Managing Director Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku at his office.

GM Corporate Services Mr Edward Kamau (R) with IAPH President Mr Santiago Garcia Mila (C) and IAPH Vice President (Africa Region) Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman during IAPH Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan

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KPA Pension Scheme fund value hits Kshs 4.53 Billion

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very three years the Kenya Ports Authority Pension Scheme conducts elections to pick office bearers as required by law. During the hotly contested polls, members elect three Trustees and the Employer (KPA) nominates other three to constitute a full board. The Authority runs two Pension Schemes namely the non-contributory or Defined Benefits Scheme (DB) and the Defined Contributory Scheme (DC). The Authority’s contribution is twice that of employees pegged at 20% of their basic salary. The last elections saw Jorum Kiilu, Salim Kumaka and Joan Zawadi emerge victorious trouncing 10 other contestants to clinch the three available positions for Trustees of the Defined Contributory Scheme(DC). The victorious trio garnered 1,909 votes, 1,324 votes and 1,079 votes respectively. General Manager Human Resource and Administration Dr Amani Komora urged the newly elected KPA Pension Scheme Defined Contribution (DC) team to show commitment and uphold integrity for the successful implementation of initiatives. Speaking during the announcement of the election results, the GM reiterated the Authority’s assurance towards supporting the Trustees in streamlining the Scheme’s structure to achieve desired goals. Dr. Komora commended the Trustees for their efforts towards establishing a post-retirement medical scheme for members. “Additionally, the Trustees have initiated the first Strategic Plan that is under formulation which shall be rolled out to the members in due course,” he said. At the time of the elections, the Scheme had a membership of 5,507 and a fund value of Kshs 4.53 Billion from a fund value

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Top: From left Jorum Kiilu, Joan Zawadi and Salim Kumaka celebrating their victory. Bottom left: General Manager Human Resource and Administration presents certificate to Mr. Jorum Kiilu. Bottom right: A section of staff following the announcement of the results.

of Kshs. 772.26 million in December 2013. “At the age of 60, one is not able to put in a lot of time and energy to productive work, and therefore finds it difficult to earn any money to sustain their lives. Pension becomes the single most important earning for such a person,” added the GM. The election had attracted a record 13 contestants. Below are the details on the performance for all the candidates from the highest

based on the number of votes: Jorum Kiilu 1,909 votes, Salim Kumaka 1,324 votes, Joan Zawadi 1,079 votes. Others were; Abdi Huka Musa 733 votes, George Ondigo 721 votes, Harry Arigi 655 votes, Ali Nassir 615 votes, Farah Omar 509 votes, Constance Mcharo 482 votes, Alphaeus Oluoch 472 votes, Issac Mudonga 470 votes, Dixon Kibagendi 348 votes and Augustine Nyagah 115 votes.


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KPA Sports Club Mbaraki to elevate status

The new wing of the KPA Sports Club Mbaraki which shall comprise a modern gymnasium with Sauna, Jacuzzi and aerobics. The sports equipment will complement medical services department rehabilitation as well as cardiovascular equipment and a health bar.

Construction of accommodation facilities, swimming pool and refurbishment of existing sports facilities at the Kenya Ports Authority Sports Club Mbaraki, remain top priorities of the management committee. Speaking after his re-election as the Chairperson in a hotly contested elections held at the club’s premises, Mr. Edward Opiyo said that a proposal to the management for support towards elevating the status of the Club to match the country’s leading private clubs was in the offing. Opiyo garnered 240 votes to beat his sole rival and worthy competitor Eng. Rodgers Mwayayi who got 149 votes. “We are also keen on improving the existing children’s playing facilities to make family outings more exciting.

As you are aware we had already started improvement on the children’s playground, bought bouncing castles as well as mobile swimming pools for children,” said the Chairman. Peter Odera was elected Hon. Secretary after accumulating 160 votes to beat Charles Kotut and John Kinyeki who managed 120 and 109 votes respectively. The new four Committee members are; Albert Ogari (252 Votes), Susan Ayoyi(235 votes), Andia Zipporah Hamisi (212 votes) and Nelly Wangari (163 votes). The four beat Albarn Wambua, Joseph Olaba, Stanley Salat and Barto Kevin who garnered 140, 136, 84 and 81 votes respectively. Onesmus Ngumbao was re-elected unopposed as the Treasurer. While announcing the results, the elections Returning Officer Eng. Anderson Mtalaki thanked

and commended all the candidates, their agents and supporters for their good conduct and patience which guaranteed a free, fair, transparent and credible election. At least 397 out of the expected 710 club members participated in the election exercise; 378 members turned up physically while 19 others voted through the accepted digital platform. According to the KPA Sports Club Secretary, Peter Odera, the club is soon scheduled to have a new lease of life following the construction of the new wing. The magnificent building shall comprise of a modern gymnasium with Sauna, Jacuzzi and aerobics. The sports equipment will complement medical services department rehabilitation as well as cardiovascular equipment and a health bar.

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Kenya ready to host the 26th IAME conference

The 26th IAME Local Organizing Committee Chairman Mr. Martin Mutuku (7th from R), PMAESA Ag. Secretary General Col. Andre Ciseau (6th from R) in a group photo with Committee members after one of the preparation meetings held at PMAESA offices.

At least 130 research papers are expected to be presented at the forthcoming 26th International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) conference to be held in Mombasa in September this year. Lead Scientific Organiser Prof. Michael Dooms of the University of Brussels (VUB) in Belgium, says 85 full papers and 45 extended abstracts have been accepted. The event sponsored by Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) is taking place for the first time in Africa since its inception. The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. James Macharia is expected to be the guest of honour during the official opening of the Conference on 12th September. The conference under the theme “Sustainable maritime, port and logistics industries in emerging economies: towards a path of Blue Growth”, seeks to delve deeper in the ‘blue economy which has been identified as a future driver of sustainable growth across traditional sectors such as food Kenya Ports Authority Magazine | August 2018

(e.g. aquaculture), energy (e.g. offshore wind, wave energy) tourism and leisure. It is expected that the deliberations will come up with solutions and research findings on a number of topics including the development of ports, shipping and logistics markets on the African continent. This will navigate both freight and cruise related markets, exploring the concept of the Blue Economy and Blue Growth: definitions, scope, impacts, among other topics that will spur the growth and sustainability of the maritime and trade industry. The local organising committee that has been meeting since January to prepare for the conference has confirmed that preparations are on top gear to ensure a successful and productive session. “A number of private companies in the maritime sector have also agreed to come on board and partner with us” said Mr. Martin Mutuku, the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee. “We are working round the clock, meeting frequently to finalise on the

finer details of the conference,” he added. In Kenya, the blue economy is critical to the attainment of the Vision 2030 which has been cited as one of the areas that will spur strong sustainable economic growth. Kenya Ports Authority is working to develop the Shimoni Port which will be the pioneer fishing port in the country and which is expected to spur growth in the region. The ongoing reconstruction of the cruise terminal at the Port of Mombasa is set to be complete later in the year, with plans in the pipeline to develop another terminal at the Shimoni Port. The IAME conference will see participation from diverse stakeholders in the maritime sector notably Kenya Maritime Authority, Port Management Association for Eastern and Southern Africa, (PMAESA), Shipping Council of Kenya, Shipping Lines and select local Universities. The International Association of Maritime Economists is an international forum for the exchange of information and research among those in the maritime industry.


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Long serving Chief Port Fire Officer Stephen Ng’anga Kagombe Retires after 39 year service Long serving Chief Port Fire Officer Mr. Stephen Ng’anga Kagombe has retired from the Kenya Ports Authority after a successful 39 uninterrupted years of service. Kagombe who was also the KPA Regional Commissioner of St. John Ambulance joined the Authority in April 1979 and has served as the Chief Port Officer for the last 24 years. Commonly identified by his grey hair which has almost turned into his trademark, the ever neat and smart old man now officially hangs his boots from what he had known best, firefighting, to lead a quiet retirement life. The experienced fire fighter was hosted to a colourful ceremony by the Marine Services Departmental colleagues at the Control Tower. The nostalgic sendoff was also graced by the General Manager, Operations Captain William Ruto who described him as a visionary leader and a go-getter. “For the long time we have lived together as neighbours, friends and colleagues at work, I have known this old man for his dedication to work and a result oriented person,” added Capt. Ruto.

He urged the fire fighters to emulate the retired Officer who was leaving a legacy in the vibrant section. He said contrary to the dominance of semi illiterate workforce outlook in the olden days, the section now boasts of learned and experienced workforce. This scenario, he said has since changed for the better as we do have graduates in the fire brigade.

he has been truly a valuable asset in the section” added the Captain.

Similar attributes came from the longest serving fire fighter Mr. Abdalla Tondwe who described Kagombe as a peace-maker. He narrated exciting moments during their training when they were recruited as teenagers and their working experience in Kilindini. I have known ‘Bwana’ Kangombe well and working with him has been amazing. He has led the fire section efficiently and his approachable nature was comforting to the employees, “he added.

He emphasised on the need to uphold discipline and observing punctuality.

When he took to the podium, Mr. Kagombe who was flanked by his wife appreciated his colleagues for hosting him. He narrated how delighted he was for the honour bestowed on him upon marking his last days in service.

The guests were treated to entertainment by the KPA Peer educators who left the crowd with cracking ribs as they performed their hilarious skits.

The Head of Marine Services Captain. Moses Muthama commended the fire sectional staff for celebrating the veteran adding that the idea was very thoughtful. “I congratulate him on his retirement and I have really enjoyed working with him,

General Manager Operations Captain William Ruto presents a present to the retired Chief Port Fire Officer Mr. Stephen Kagombe accompanied by his spouse.

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Mixed fortunes for a former Gemstone miner during the KPA free medical camp

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or Lucas Mwashighadi, a native at the remote environs of Chunga Unga village, Mwatate Division in the larger Taita-Taveta County, Kenya Ports Authority is a life saver that shall remain etched in his memory lane. Mwashighadi, a beneficiary of the recent KPA sponsored free medical camp at Kamtonga village is probably still wondering what would have befallen him had he not turned up for checkup at the medical camp. The free medical camp that was staged under the aegis of the Authority’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) program attracted about 400 people. For this patient, the Saturday of March 10, 2018 was a day of mixed fortunes. He walked to the venue to seek medical assistance hoping to walk back home a happier person thereafter only to be driven out in an ambulance as medics grappled to lower his blood sugar levels.

The 38 year old former gemstone casual labourer at Chunga-Unga was rushed to Moi District Hospital, Voi, for admission, thanks to the joint team of medics from KPA and the Taita-Taveta County. His random blood sugar was found to be 29.6 mmol/1 calling for rapid response by the medics. Mwashighadi was subjected to some First Aid that involved putting him on a drip and metformin tablets. Luckily he responded well, with sugar levels lowering to 26.6 mmol/1. Normal range is between 4.0 to 7.0 mmol/1. On that fateful morning, Mwashighadi rode on a motorbike commonly known as bodaboda to the venue, some eight kilometers away together with two of his siblings. His mission was to meet the medics for observation that would unravel the mystery of unknown ailment he was suffering from.

He looked forward to getting treatment that would end acute headaches, fatigue, fever, loss of weight and loss of appetite. We gathered that four years ago, he had completed a full dose of Tuberculosis (TB) treatment a disease that he suffered while working at the mining camps in the neighboring Chunga Unga area. And on arrival at the medical camp, the frail looking Mwashighadi joined the queue as hundreds of both young and old thronged the makeshift facility to seek solace over a myriad of health conditions. Clad in an old pair of faded blue jeans trouser with a matching blue polo and a cap, he found his way to the Kamtonga open grounds with the support of a walking stick. Around his neck dangled a locally woven chain that denoted a cultural believer.

KPA Clinician Mr. Katana Wara, Nursing Officer Ms. Sabina Toya and Ms. Eunice Masamo, the Acting Director Department of Medical Service in Taita Taveta County managing the patient.

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As he joined the queue, he was lucky the women seated ahead volunteered to stand up for him as he appeared too weak to remain standing. A closer look at Mwashighadi revealed a posture of a wasted person enduring a lot of pain. While still seated, he was in deep thoughts possibly agonizing about the outcome of his health. Moments later, a hawk eyed KPA nursing officer Sabina Toya singled him out and engaged him in a conversation that marked the beginning of his treatment process. “I noticed he was weak and wasted. This prompted my decision to single him out and put him on a triage for calculation of his BMI (Body Mass Index),” said Sabina. On completion of this process, she led her to Clinician Majengo Katana Wara for diagnosis. The nurse picked on Mr. Wara to see the patient because being a man, the male patient would comfortably open up with ease. Wara was seated outside the tent and away from other Clinicians making him a perfect choice to handle the patient for confidentiality.

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Besides the high blood sugar levels, Mwashighadi was also experiencing other complications but of importance at that particular time was to lower the sugar levels.

Above: Mwashighadi is attended to by Clinician Katana Wara and Nursing Officer Sabina Toya.

It was at this stage that Ms. Eunice Masamo joined Mr. Wara and Ms. Toya to manage the patient. Ms. Masamo is the Acting Director Department of Medical Services in Taita-Taveta County. Mwashighadi was carefully placed in a shade where he was put on a drip, thanks to the timely intervention and innovative minds by the medics who used a branch of a tree to support the drip bottle. After receiving the drip, Mwashighadi livened up developing some strong appetite for food. “I gave him a sausage which he quickly munched proving that he was hungry,” narrated Sabina. Mwashighadi was later provided with a plate of food which he ate before the arrival of the ambulance which finally rushed him to hospital. Kenya Ports Authority Magazine |August 2018


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Courage and resilience epitomises Nzioka’s 41 years of service “Control Bravo Two do you copy”? Dorcas Nzioka, 59, a KPA security sergeant barked through her tiny radio call. There was silence. She repeated. “Control Bravo Two do you copy” then followed by a crackling radio sound. “Bravo Two Control go ahead” “Control Bravo Two permission to call Bravo One” Dorcas requested. Dorcas’ knees were drawn up, ears convoluted, and intense in listening. Crack, Crack! Then instantly between the pause and the crackle, she signalled towards me to quieten!

“Bravo Two Control; permission granted” Then a series of communications and orders ensued before she turned to me. “I am now ready” she retorted. Being ‘ready’ was her way of reminding this writer that the interview could proceed. Because she was attached to the headquarters as Security supervisor – her efficiency, the teamwork she exuded and above all, respect – was the epitome of one fine human. My interactions with her as the Authority’s photojournalist would always come whenever there was a courtesy call to the Managing Director by the KPA stakeholders. Displaying confidence, she would pose for a photo and tease me – I know “sitapata” – loosely translated from Swahili – I know I would not get the photo. That’s Dorcas – The no-nonsense KPA Security Sergeant who

retired on the 19th of May, 2018 – 41 years of dedicated service! So we begin. First, I asked her to explain the radio conversations she had; The Bravo Ones and Twos for my own curiosity. Dorcas now visibly animatedly took charge. “The Port is big and divided into zones” said she, adding – “each zone is codenamed as Bravo” So I asked: Bravo Two is Zone Two? “That’s perfectly correct Sir” she said. Sir? – well, I was baffled and about to ask why she would call me Sir given that we were colleagues – but before I uttered the words; she kind of read my mind – “I call everyone Sir, I am used to it so excuse me if it becomes monotonous” I am cool with that; I reacted - obviously undercut by her enthusiasm and respect for authority. Enough of the pleasantries.

Head of Security Services Department (2nd left) Ms. Mariam Khamisi presenting a gift to Dorcas Nzioka (right) for her long service at the Authority. Kenya Ports Authority Magazine | August 2018


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I was always different, I felt, even during my school days – very energetic in every task I was accorded Dorcas Nzioka

We get to the nut graf of the story and I begin by asking her of her time working for KPA. “I joined the Authority in 1978 as an office messenger at the Marine Department,” says Dorcas. She adds, “It will be 41 years when I finally call it a day”.The girl from Kathiani, Machakos County had a strong belief that one day she would be great. That she had been an enterprising young woman even when she was schooling at Kikombi Secondary in Machakos is no secret, even the headmaster at the time acknowledged her prowess - she reveals. Many in the village also viewed her as a hard-working person – to be precise, an indefatigable work-horse. First in her early days, just after clearing primary school, she enrolled in a nearby village polytechnic learning knit-work. She says – “My vision then was to have my own shop.” Barely a year later, Dorcas had one of her own - selling knitwear. That was never enough for the go-getter as she was hatching a new plan. That of going to Mombasa – The coastal city – a place she only heard of through friends returning from Mombasa. “I’ve never seen, by then, a body of water bigger than a pond” she reveals. So the ocean was the bait? I asked her. In her usual confidence, Dorcas said “no!” “My plan was to marry a coastal and settle here” then open a shop! She adds. To be honest, I was stunned by her confidence: how a young girl from Kathiani could plan her life so well with such exactness. “I was always different, I felt, even during my school days – very energetic in every task I was accorded”. Dorcas would be the first in school and the last to leave. A trend she had maintained even after getting employed at KPA.

So the big question; did you succeed in Mombasa? “Yes” she replies. Before she continued – the radio cracked. Bravo Two Control, do you copy? In an instant, like trained fingers would do – she unclutched the radio from its holster. Control Bravo Two, Proceed. She replied. Then the Security Control office issued an urgent instruction via the talkie. There are trucks blocking the way for a reach stacker at K–section ensure passage is clear and report back. Copied! Control Bravo Two Over and Out. The events that followed captivated me. She was on a go mode, easily noted by anyone how she loved the job; no ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ – “I’ll be back in minutes to finish the interview” and she departed! Excuse the interlude: She was back in minutes as promised. In her absence, I was thinking of the part she told me: I’ll marry a coastal and start a shop. Did it happen? I asked her with an enthusiastic smile. “I saw him just for the first time and knew it was him” she spills while toying with my curiosity. What! You mean – “his name is George Dune – a young Rabai man from Kilifi”; she interjects, obviously, again reading my mind. “I met him at my uncle’s place and it was irresistible. I talked him into marriage straight on and told him my plans,” she adds.

George would one night be told of her ambition to go back to Mombasa to which he agreed. While in Mombasa, Dorcas opened a shop at Tudor Nora combining selling of stuff and tailoring. Life suddenly was taking shape for her and with a stroke of luck – one fine day, walked into the office of KPA with just a National Identity Card in her possession. “I was told by a friend KPA was looking for interested persons to apply in order to fill vacant posts” says she.

Dorcas joined the Port in 1978 and worked at Port for 41 years Dorcas woke up that night and prayed! And she was offered a job in 1978 as a messenger at the Marine Department. After a short stint she was transferred to the Security Department where she remained since then. It was a first for her – having been told Port Security was no lady’s fancy job, and being Dorcas, focus was now to challenge the gendered role. In this department at the time a preserve of the male gender, she was able to cope with colleagues, made friends with everybody enjoying working with her. Promotions would then come one after another. I asked how? “It is because I don’t ask for one. It comes naturally to me” I will leave you with a clue: hard work!

Then? “Within a short time we married and went to settle in Kilifi – first to farm and get some capital” says Dorcas. Her husband, George, upon realising her tailoring skills bought her a Singer sewing machine and this saw her become the new fashion designer in Kilifi town.

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KPA Women team finishes among top five clubs in Africa

The KPA ladies team in action in Angola during their game three match.

The Kenya Ports Authority women basketball team finished in a respectable fifth position in the FIBA African championship for women basketball concluded in Luanda, Angola last year. The Dockers rose to clinch the new position from seventh in similar championship held in Maputo Mozambique the previous year. KPA beat GSP from Algeria 70-54 in a classification match played at the multipurpose 12,333 capacity indoor gymnasium, Kilamba. Consequently, KPA team was awarded a FIBA fairplay award for being the most disciplined and improved team out of the nine teams that battled out for the title. Team Captain Natalie Akinyi picked the trophy amid applause from the crowd during the brief award ceremony attended by Senior Government officials in Angola together

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with FIBA Africa top leadership. KPA women had in total won three matches, having won two earlier matches against DCM from Congo and Equity Bank from Kenya. Equity Bank, the national Kenya Basketball league champions were ranked eighth after losing to DCM 39-54 in their last match. Hosts Primerro De Agosto were crowned new title holders after thrashing Club Ferroviarro of Maputo 65-51 in a tight final watched by hundreds of Angola basketball fans. Earlier, in the battle for third and fourth slots another Angolan team, Interclube, the defending champions went down unbelievably to tactful First Bank from Nigeria 64-44. The Head of KPA delegation Bildard Kisero congratulated the players for the splendid performance. He appreciated the enormous support from the management towards the women basketball team which he said was an indication of recognition of gender

mainstreaming efforts. KPA Team: Natalie Akinyi (Captain),Lilian Adera, Celin Okumu, Goergia Odhiambo, Lucy Machuma, Brigit Nanzala, Batty Kanano, AnnRose Mandela, Lucy Ohanga, Felmas Koranga, Beryl Akoth,Rita Onyango Anthony Ojukwu (HaedCoach) and Phillip Ombajo Onyango (Assistant Coach).Bildad Kisero (Head of Delegation),Christopher Owiti (Team Manager), Lenox Safari (Sports Officer).


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KPA crowned basketball champions Kenya Ports Authority basketball teams are officially the current reigning champions for the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) premier league titles. The men and women basketball teams did the Authority proud by achieving a rare feat – winning the double of the National Classic Basketball League title. With their pedigree not in doubt, both the men and women teams proved that the Authority remains a basketball powerhouse in the country with the historic twin success. The women’s team dethroned their perennial arch-rivals Equity Bank crashing them 3-0 in the best of five series during the finals staged at the KPA Gymnasium, Makupa, registering their 12th win in the KBF league title. The Anthony Ojukwu coached side had also another page of history dedicated to them by going unbeaten throughout the season. Captain Brenda Angeshi who endured four years of heartache without a chance of winning the KBF trophy was finally awash with

joy – even bringing her daughters to witness the fete from the terraces. The Dockers are currently ranked fifth best women basketball team out of the top 12 teams in Africa. The team clinched the position after putting up a splendid performance in the last continental games held in Luanda, Angola, last year. In the previous year the team finished at position seven during similar championship in Maputo, Mozambique. The men’s team which had narrowly lost their third game to Blades 64-65, equally worked hard to retain the title they won last year. Fighting like wounded lions, the Dockers crashed the students 61-53 silencing their deafening cheering traveling supporters. The men had already won the first two games in Nairobi needing just one game to be crowned champions like their ladies but that was not to be. Blades had other ideas in their mind throwing a spanner in the game three clash to beat KPA.

Coach Sammy Kiki and his Assistant Mike Opel did not leave anything to chance as they skillfully guided the boys into exploiting loopholes on their opponents who had initially maintained high momentum. Come the breather, Blades were leading 22-19 forcing the Dockers to reorganise their game plan. The fourth and last quarter saw the combination of small Forward player Evans Leting, Shooting guard Tobias Odumbe and Postguard Ariel Okal suffocate Blades to finish at 24-16, lifting the coveted trophy. It was a do or die moment for the charged Dockers which sent their jubilant fans chanting slogans in their praise. Evans Leting was voted the Most Valuable Player (MVP). KPA teams will now represent the country in the forthcoming East and Central Africa Club Championships popularly known as Zone Five in Kigali, Rwanda later this year.

Jubilant players and Officials celebrate the Men’s team crown led by Acting Head of Administration Mr. Bildad Kisero (L) and Head of Medical Services Dr. Gome Lenga (second from left)

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Terminal Operations retains the KPA interdepartmental trophy

Terminal Operations are crowned Champions of the 2018 KPA Interdepartmental Tournament by General Manager Human Resources and Administration Dr. Amani Komora.

Terminal Operations beat Security Services 4-2 in post-match penalties during the final of the KPA interdepartmental tournament to safeguard their back to back bragging rights. This was arguably one of the most entertaining games and a final worth watching as both teams displayed their power with fabulous attacking in the tight encounter. In the beginning of the first half, Terminal Operations dictated the tempo of the game with spectacular passes executed by midfielders Anthony Kimani and Ali Breik to Peter Mukuru, Masoud Hemed and Abdillai Juma. Their ‘tiki-taka’ style of play before a fully packed Mbaraki Sports Club grounds was worthwhile as Anthony Kimani’s clinical finish midwifed their first goal in the 11th minute. The Container Operations men sustained the tempo earning their second goal courtesy of Abdillahi Juma in the 18th minute. Hundreds of Security Services fans watched helplessly as the Terminal side kept unleashing their arsenals towards Kenya Ports Authority Magazine | August 2018

goalkeeper Mwajasi Hassan. However, the strong-minded Security players such as team captain Sherrif Sherrif, veteran Philip Opiyo, Sebastian Adyangu, Viera Hassan and Kisasa Mshenga remained firm in the game giving their best and this neutralised the supremacy of the Terminal side. The soldiers fought hard and in the end they got a deserved goal through Sebastian Adyangu in the 31st minute to make it 2-1 at half time. Coming from the half time break, Security team was a transformed team buoyed by the heavy presence of their fans led by Head of Security Services Ms. Mariam Khamis and Principal Security Officers Messrs Tony Kibwana and Ezekiel Serem. The soldiers turned things around making several inroads towards their opponents and their skipper Sherrif Sherrif scored a masterpiece goal in the 77th minute from a direct free kick to cancel Terminal’s win.

With the famous comeback, Terminal Operations became cautious knowing that any slight mistake could be costly to their dream of lifting the title for the sixth time. The score remained level 2-2 by the end of the normal time culminating into a tense post-match penalty shootouts to determine the winner. Terminal Operations would carry the day after hitting the target with four of their spot kicks against Security’s two. Terminal Operations’ Anthony Kimani, Ayub Karoyo, Abdillahi Juma and Mahamoud Ali hit the target while Viera Hassan and Wahab Musa converted for the soldiers. Terminal Operations’ goalkeeper Hassan Abdallah aka Baloyi made two crucial saves denying Security’s Sherrif Sherrif and Ahmed Hussein the opportunity to score. On the Terminal’s side, Abdullahi Adams was unlucky as his penalty hit the bar.


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