East Africa's only dry dock at the Kenyan port of Mombasa is now fully operational following its official opening earlier this year.
AVs Kilindini Harbour (SILENT)
AV Ship in dry dock
CU Water gushing
GV Ship in dry dock
GV & SVs Men working on propeller (4 shots)
GV Men working on hull of ship
GVs Cranes on quayside (3 shots)
SV ZOOM INTO CU Welder at work
CUs Assorted lathes (4 shots)
GV Workshop with welder in foreground
GV PAN FROM Buildings TO ship in dry dock
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Background: East Africa's only dry dock at the Kenyan port of Mombasa is now fully operational following its official opening earlier this year. The 600 foot (183 metre) dry dock is a potential rival to similar docks in Europe and a newly opened installation in Bahrain.
SYNOPSIS: The new dry dock has been built beside Kilindini harbour, part of the port of Mombasa, which is one of the busiest and best equipped ports along the East African coast. It handles ships from all over the world.
At least once a year all ships should go into dry dock to have their hulls cleaned and to have repairs carried out.
As the ships need to be empty, it's best to do the work just after they have completed a voyage. Fortunately for the owners of the new dock, around 80 ships a year terminate in Mombasa. If all these ships take advantage of the installation they expect an annual turnover of more than two million pounds Sterling.
Three hundred men are employed on the new dock which took the owners four years to build. They estimate they saved around a million pounds Sterling by constructing it themselves.
As well as the dock itself, the installation has large onshore workshops where work is carried out on equipment which can be removed from the ship.
Since the end of February when the dry dock was officially opened five large freighters have used the dock, as well as many small Kenyan vessels, including lighters and ferries. The dock has also had an enquiry from the French Nay
Although most cargo ships are less than 10,000 tons, the dock has been designed with bigger ships in mind. That means that it can handle tankers of up to 20,000 tons.