23rd January 2004
Maritime Education: Kenya
Maritime Education in Kenya is both fragmented and scarce leading to its inadequacy to serve national
In addition to that there is no cohesive maritime education policy.
This has led to the lack of institutionalization of maritime education in the sphere of both academic and
the professional cadres.
This has also led to little research being undertaken in maritime affairs.
The maritime education available is conducted at Bandari College in Mombasa, faculties of law University
of Nairobi and Moi University.
Although Bandari College offers maritime education but, it is predominantly maritime commerce related with the
basic aim of supporting the Kenya Ports Authority needs.
The areas of maritime safety, security, environment, administration and management as well as mandatory
Standards of Training and Certification in watch keeping for seafarers are not available.
Bandari College lacks the requisite academic validation as a national examination and certification institute.
Bandari College also lacks the capacity to train and certify S T C W curriculum in keeping with IMO
A part from Bandari College, the maritime education conducted in the University of Nairobi (UoN) and Moi
University lack focus on the maritime sector.
A few maritime courses are taught as part of the law degree
program. As a result, specialization is lacking. For example, no post-graduate degree in
maritime law is available in the country in contrast to African maritime nations such as Mauritius,
Egypt, South Africa.
Areas such as maritime security, maritime environment protection,
conservation, efficiency in use of seas and inland waters, marine engineering, nautical studies etc
are not covered either at the academic or the professional levels.
Compounding the lack of maritime education is the lack of research and development activities in the maritime
In order to transform Kenya into a world class maritime nation there is a need of establishing maritime
educational board and to:
Seafarers Union of Kenya