Cargo operations on the Standard Gauge Railway received a major boost after the shipping in of four new rail mounted gantry cranes that will handle containers to be ferried on the new rail.
Transport Principal Secretary Paul Maringa says the equipment will ensure seamless and efficient discharge of cargo and its transportation from the Port of Mombasa to the Inland Container Terminal in Nairobi on the standard gauge railway.
This comes as Kenya prepares to host the 26th edition of the Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economist.
Mombasa County is estimated to produce over 2,200 tones of waste every day. With what has been described as an ineffective disposal system, a bigger percent of this waste finds its way into the Indian Ocean.
This is but a fraction of the 10 million tons of waste globally that finds its way into the ocean annually.
Marine pollution has been blamed for the dwindling fish species and volumes in the Ocean.
Experts hope that the 26th edition of the Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economist will offer a platform to reduce pollution of the ocean.
Piracy, the illegal Unreported and Unregulated Fishing are also key challenges that the sector grapples with.
This is the first time that the three-day Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economist is being held in Africa.
The event is expected to offer long term solutions to current and emerging trends in the maritime sector as Kenya ready’s to host the International Sustainable Blue Economy Conference to be held in November in Nairobi.