Kisumu port gets new equipment as reopening nears
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SEE ALSO :How to ease SGR debt woes“It is fitted with a system of solar lamps and lenses that will signal ship pilots from afar,” he told Sunday Standard. The lighthouse was restored on the site it has occupied since 1901 at the entrance to the refurbished harbour. Security around the port has also been tightened and critical infrastructure police deployed at the port, a source said. Also deployed to the port is a Coast Guard unit that will now man the facility round the clock. Already, preparations are in top gear for the planned relaunch of Kisumu port which is likely to spur the lake region’s domestic growth and create more jobs. The move comes when Kenya is keen to tap into the blue economy and harness the potential of its oceans, seas, lakes and rivers.
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