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Work to expand facilities and construct a new berth at Mombasa's seaport in Kenya has been scheduled for completion by early 2013

DSCF0167The port serves the Kenya hinterland by exporting agricultural products and supporting the foundation of the country’s economy. (Image source: Trade Link Media)

Port authorities have informed that the construction will help in increasing the port’s facilities and cargo space. In addition, the port will be dredged of mud and silt to accommodate larger ships.

Dredging and construction of the new Berth 19 and extension of the existing facilities had commenced in June last year, with dredging scheduled to be also completed at the end of 2012, the authorities added.

The port serves the Kenyan hinterland by exporting agricultural products and supports nearby countries in Africa such as Uganda, Tanzania and the DR Congo.

Dutch-based Van Ord Dredging won the dredging contract, while China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) won the contract to construct Berth 19 and associated works. The two projects have been funded by the Kenyan government.

The port authority revealed that CRBC had secured a piling hammer and power pack from BSP International Foundations to drive the piles required for the berth’s foundations through BSP’s Chinese dealer, Shanghai Trust Machinery.

This project is the first port construction project undertaken by CRBC in Kenya with a construction period of two years.