In a bid to equip graduates in different fields with hands on skills in maritime operations and in related fields involving oil and gas, four state institutions have partnered to set up a national maritime college in Kenya. State Department of Shipping and Maritime in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure has entered into a contract with National Oil, University of Nairobi and the National Youth Service (NYS) to set up the Kenya Maritime College (KMC).

In a bid to equip graduates in different fields with hands on skills in maritime operations and in related fields involving oil and gas, four state institutions have partnered to set up a national maritime college in Kenya. State Department of Shipping and Maritime in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure has entered into a contract with National Oil, University of Nairobi and the National Youth Service (NYS) to set up the Kenya Maritime College (KMC).

The intended college will be the first of its kind in East and Central Africa and will provide training in vocational skills, graduate skills retooling, and certification and accreditation services for personnel and service providers in the maritime trade including oil and gas related activities.

Speaking at the signing, National Oil CEO, Summaya Hassan Athmani said that her company will bring on board expertise in oil and gas so as to form part of the curriculum. She added that the institution (KMC) will be an additional development for the emerging oil and gas sector in Kenya.National Oil’s involvement in the setting up of the college is part of its strategy to develop local content, including indigenous human resource capacities, in the oil and gas sector.

The maritime industry is in dire need of qualified technical personnel to maintain port operations especially with the Lamu port construction and Mombasa port expansion on course to handle cargo capacity and reduce traffic congestion at the port.
Kenya being a member of International Maritime Organisation, it has so far signed about 26 conventions that have been domesticated through the Merchant Shipping Act, 2009. This is evident of Kenya’s desire to grow its maritime sector and compete with global maritime nations.

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