Ports Sh2.5bn crane tender gets green light

An appeal by a German firm to block the award of a Sh2.5 billion crane tender to an Irish company by the Kenya Ports Authority has been dismissed, the State-owned firm said Thursday.

KPA said the Procurement Public Administrative Review Board (PPARB) threw out the appeal filed by M/s Kocks Cranes GMBH of Germany against the award of the contract to Liebherr Container Cranes.

The ports manager maintained the deal was above board.

“In a ruling dated October 12, PPARB upheld the award to M/s Liebherr Container Cranes saying KPA had followed the procedure laid out in law,” the authority said in a statement Thursday.

The tenders included the supply, installation and commissioning of one pilot cutter, 13 reach stalkers, 14 new terminal tractors, 20 new skeletal trailers as well as supply of grabs, mobile harbour crane and 10 ribbed type pneumatic rubber fenders.

Five firms submitted bids and Liebherr is said to have quoted $29,190,850 (Sh2.47bn) while Kocks Cranes GMBH quoted $31,421,970 (Sh2.67bn).