KPA advises port users to be cautious of bad weather as tropical cyclone expected to hit Tanzanian coast
Published on: April 24, 2021 05:17 (EAT)
The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has advised all port users to be cautious of bad weather along the coastline as a tropical cyclone is expected to hit the Tanzanian coast. KPA, in a statement released on Saturday, said that due to low-pressure systems that have developed in the South Western Indian Ocean, a tropical cylone now named ‘Jobo’ has been noted to be moving towards the East African coastline. According to the authority, cyclone ‘Jobo’ is forecasted to make landfall on Sunday, April 25, 2021 on the Tanzanian coast. “Mombasa Port and Shipping Notice is hereby issued for the period 25th – 27th April 2021 during which time the port and the surrounding regions will experience bad weather in way of heavy rains accompanied by strong winds,” read the statement signed by Head of Marine Operations Capt. Moses Muthama. KPA has hence advised that all ships in the harbour look out for imminent bad weather and take every necessary action to secure vessels against strong winds including doubling of mooring lines. Capt. Mutahama also stated that all ships at anchorage and moored to buoys should have main engines and crew on standby at short notice during this period. He further added that all ships drifting outside port limits should maintain not less than 15 nautical miles from the nearest point of land and keep crew and engines on standby. The public has also since been urged to beware of dangers associated with strong winds, heavy rains and floods.