Extraordinary mining equipment transport in Kenya

The Bolloré Logistics Industrial Projects team in Kenya was contracted by a mining company Base Titanium Limited to provide customs clearance and Out of Gauge transportation for a massive piece of mining equipment from the port of Mombasa to the client’s site in Kwale, located approximately 53 km. Due to the size, the Projects Team formulated a Local Execution Plan to transport the 17-meter long and 6-meter wide equipment.

This plan involved a barge operation including crossing the Mombasa Island through Kilindini Harbour to Likoni, at the southern end of island from where the cargo would be transported by road. The equipment was discharged directly from the vessel onto a heavy-duty modular trailer already positioned on the barge. Due to the weight of the cargo , the barge was staged for 48 hours awaiting high tide to table the unloading of cargo. Afterwards a  dedicated ferry from the Kenya Ferry Services was used to tow the barge across the harbour to the Likoni side, followed by a transport by road.

On the site, the team used a combination of Enerpac and Hydraulic Jacks to lift the cargo and steel beams for support to securely offload the cargo.

A team of 20 Bolloré Logistics staff were involved during the actual operation.