Port of Mombasa gets greener lighting

Kenya’s largest port is benefitting from installing digital lighting at its entrance to reduce maintenance and increase energy efficiency.

The Port of Mombasa, run by the Kenya Port Authority (KPA), has been benefitting from heavy investment in its infrastructure, including high tech Sealite solar marine lanterns.

“I am very happy with the new SL-300 lantern and its advanced programming features, especially the IR-Remote Control… now everything is digital,” said Masai R. John – Marine Light Shop Superintendent, Kenya Port Authority.

Green investment

This investment in port entry lighting comes as a result of increased traffic to Kenyan ports and an increasing challenge to manage and ensure the safety of vessels entering their ports.

The region has many abandoned vessels and an abundance of low-lying coral reefs. The protected Mombasa Marine Park is also located at the entry to the Port of Mombasa.

The lighting solution also needed to be more environmentally friendly and have low operating and maintenance costs.

Sealite’s SL-300 long-range solar marine lanterns in a single tier configuration were chosen. The first lantern replaced the rear leading light at Ras Serani.

In addition, Mombasa port is supported by a SL-155 mid-range marine lantern. This asset is located on the headland of Chale Island, located at the Northern end of Msambweni Bay in Kwale County.

Another SL-300 marine lantern was installed at Shela Island to light the way to the new Port of Lamu, which is currently under construction and due for completion imminently.

All units have been supplied complete with AIS and solar panels, allowing them to be remotely monitored on the international VHF channel.

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