Kenyan firm sets the pace in assembly of ships for region

The ‘Hapa Kazi Tu 02 ‘ is one of the two cargo barges constructed by the Southern Engineering Company set to be delivered to Tanzania Port Authority. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA

A Kenyan company is increasingly making a name as a top ship assembler in the region.

The Mombasa-based Southern Engineering Co. Ltd (SECO) just completed the assembly of two cargo vessels for the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) putting Kenya on the map of emerging shipbuilding countries in the region.

The firm has completed two cargo ships for the Tanzanian government with a capacity to handle 2,000 tonnes of dry cargo or 72 twenty-foot containers (TEUs). The barges were tested and certified to operate last week.

Due to the use of modern technology in the assembly, SECO has also secured a contract from TPA to construct and deliver three pilot boats this year after it successfully built and tested the two cargo barges named Hapa Kazi Tu 01 and Hapa Kazi Tu 02.

The completion of the two vessels brings the number of vessels built for two East African countries at SECO shipyard to five in less than a decade after the Uganda government contracted the company to build four vessels in 2012.

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