They have poor roads so they invest that money into shipbuilding which move people and cargo up and down it's rivers.We can learn a thing or two from DRC.
Their ship building sector is on track with very limited resources.
I like your optimism, but the country's security is a mess. One thing that is killing Kenyans is the New Constitution. An idealistic constitution full of "activist" clauses that are more ideal than practical......a constitution that handicaps security organs and completely demoralizes the ordinary cop and the foot soldier, even the President himself, with domestication of the ICC and other nefarious treaties. We are at a point where I really miss the previous document, that was PRACTICAL and REAL not IDEAL. We are in this for the long haul people......that is what happens when you cede your country to the greedy clueless activists!!! hno:hno:hno:hno:Then we move south to Kwale
Kenya plans to put in place an integrated maritime policy by the end of 2015 to expand the role of the maritime sector in the economy.
Kenya Marine Authority (KMA) Director General Nancy Karigithu told Xinhua on Wednesday that the policy will provide the roadmap that Kenya will use in order to achieve its full potential in the maritime industry.
"We want to improve linkages of the maritime industry to all sectors of the economy," she said on the sidelines of the international investment conference taking place in Nairobi.
The East African nation currently utilizes the maritime sector for the transportation of goods.
"We are also exploring ways of expanding the tourism sector to include the marine sector," Karigithu said.
KMA chief said that Kenya has a deficit of professionals in the maritime sector, despite the country’s long sea faring tradition.
"We are therefore planning to train at least 10,000 professionals so that they can work on the marine sector. The surplus labour will be exported to countries in need of maritime professionals," she said.
Karigithu said that Kenya has undeveloped marine fisheries industries.
"Most of the local vessels only operate within the three nautical miles of the coastline leaving foreign vessels to fish in Kenya’s 200 nautical miles," she said.
"As a result Kenya is a minor player in the global fisheries market despite its huge coastline," Karigithu said. She noted that the maritime industry is facing challenges including terrorism and piracy.
"This hampers the flow of trade among nations as it results in increased shipping costs," she said.
According to Karigithu, Kenya is working on a number of infrastructure projects, such as the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport corridor, which will have a huge impact on the country’s maritime industry.
African Marine and General Engineering Company Limited (AMGECO) was incorporated in Kenya on 12th January, 1928 for the purpose of acquiring the business of shipbuilder, ship repairers, marine and general engineers carried on by African Wharfage Company Limited. The original shareholders of AMGECO were Smith Mackenzie and Co., The British India Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., and the Union Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd. AMEGCO is strategically located at the entrance to the Port of Mombasa.
The construction of a slipway using a telescopic carriage commenced in 1928 and the first ship slipped in 1931. The slipway was capable of taking vessels up to 2,200 tons displacement. The company further added a dry dock commissioned in 1977 and a small fully developed construction dock. The first three vessels were built in 1957 at the yard.
The original shareholders remained until mid 1972 when Mackenzie (Kenya) Ltd., the successor to Smith Mackenzie & Co., acquired the total shareholding of AMGECO. In 1974 the whole share capital of AMGECO was acquired by Inchcape Mackenzie (Management) Ltd.
In April 1974 the Government of Kenya acquired a 25% shareholding in AMGECO through the Industrial Development Bank Ltd., and in August 1976 increased this shareholding to 33 1/3%.
Further participation took place and in late 1986 the company became wholly Kenyan owned with equity ownership. In mid 1998, the company was taken over by the present owners who are Claremont Holdings Ltd., and Multilink Holdings Ltd.
Times have changed since these early days and the port of Mombasa, which is the gateway to Kenya's economic growth, has been expanding gradually and rapidly. It is an ideal point for vessels traveling between Europe, the Cape, India and the Far East for docking. It was with these facts in mind that AMGECO decided to build a Dry Dock with a corresponding range of services. This has now been operative since 1977 and has already proved itself an unqualified success. Its competitive rates, along with its skilled engineering force, have come into international recognition. Additionally, AMGECO have further enhanced Mombasa as a port, and emphasised its importance as a vital ship repair center. This in turn ensures for Kenya substantial earnings in foreign exchange for her economy.
Together with ship repair, AMGECO also offers a breadth of experience and boasts of the successful construction of small craft such as tugs, barges, lighters, coasters, ferries, fishing vessels and passenger launches. One of the most sophisticated vessels built in 1969 was the Kenya Fisheries research vessel 'Shakwe' which was described at the time as the "most technically advanced fishing vessel based on the East African Coast". With the onset of modernisation, AMGECO have setup a fiberglass shop, which undertakes building of new boats.
The company undertook implementation of the TQM (Total Quality Management) standard in 1993 in response to increasing Quality Assurance Requirements in the shipping industry and also to ensure that African Marine meets the high quality standards and workmanship expected by our customers.
With the onset of technological advancement, AMGECO has consistently been keeping up with innovation. Major machineries are constantly replaced for better efficiency and output. Manpower is also trained regularly, both locally and abroad to ensure that the company is abreast all changes. Our new Fiberglass Shop is a very recent example.
With over 74 years experience and being the oldest shipyard in the region, African Marine and General Engineering Co. Ltd., offers unrivalled expertise, both in the marine and non-marine sectors, which has enabled it to earn the confidence of a wide variety of International Ship owners and multinational industries in the non-marine sector.
AMGECO has earned international repute amongst various navies as well. The yard has the facility for a helicopter landing in order to carry out emergency repairs to mobile machinery and equipment which can be airlifted to the yard. The company is also authorised to carry out repairs for the Kenya Navy vessels and has had the opportunity to be of service to the Tanzania Navy. AMGECO had also qualified to be registered under the US Navy in Bahrain program "Master Agreement for Repair and Alteration of Vessels (MARAV) certification." Some of our welders are therefore registered with the US Navy Ship Repair Unit (SRU) in Bahrain.
Kenya will be the naval vessels main hub in Africa and Middle East after an agreement with Italian naval ship builder Fincantieri materialized.
Fincantieri confirmed that is is about to start operations in Africa by establishing the company's first African shipyard in Kenya.
Kenya’s naval capacity is very good and actually among the best in Africa and will significantly benefit from this arrangement.
Fincantieri shipyard in the Kenyan coast will supply new naval vessels to the emerging markets and those existing in the African and Middle East regions.
The ship-builder will also provide maintenance-repair-overhaul (MRO) services to African and Middle Eastern customers...
President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed Education secretary Jacob Kaimenyi and his Treasury counterpart Henry Rotich to set up a hub for maritime training in one of the public universities as the country turns to its water bodies for growth.
The centre is expected to create a large pool of professionals for export and to guide the country’s quest for increased economic activity at its ports and waterways.
“I am sure the ministry responsible for education will establish a centre of excellence at one of the public universities that will provide specialised training for the maritime industry,” the President said at the launch of a maritime conference in Nairobi on Monday.
Kenya’s maritime industry, which heavily relies on Mombasa port, accounts for 92 per cent of the country’s trade volume with global markets. The port city serves most of the landlocked markets in Eastern Africa.
At the moment, the country has had to hire expatriates or spend millions of shillings to train personnel in foreign countries to man its sea-based facilities.
Mr Kenyatta’s announcement comes in the wake of increased off-shore exploration of gas and drilling in Lamu, development of the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (Lapsset) corridor and construction of a new container terminal at Mombasa port, which will require huge logistics and manpower capacity.
“Special attention must be paid to education and training, so that our skills match the infrastructure we are building,” the head of State said adding that the government was keen to strike deals with private investors in offering quality training.
Kenya’s maritime territory covers 230,000 square kilometres — an equivalent of about 31 out of the 47 counties. But lack of an accredited curriculum in institutions offering seafaring courses has slowed down efforts to boost the country’s stock of human capital.
This realisation has recently seen the Kenya Maritime Authority, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development and Technical Industrial Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training establish linkages with learning institutions to plug the gaps.