Seafarers are comprised of 3,280 skilled and experienced maritime
Seafarers consist of Shipmasters, Deck and Engineer Officers,
Electrical and Electro-Technical Officers, Divers, Fish Workers,
Deck and Engine room Ratings and off-shore gas/oil rig staff.
to the lack of a National Merchant Fleet and STCW Certificates,
only 20% are currently employed aboard Coastal and Foreign
of the Merchant Navy and Engineer Officers are Britain, Egypt and
South Africa trained.
the assistance of the International Transport Workers’
Federation (ITF), 48 Kenyan Seafarers underwent a six week STCW
training in South Africa at the UNICORN Tankers Training School
while 900 under took STCW training at Bandari College, Kenya.
to the absence of legally established manning agencies for
Seafarers in Kenya, there is no proper replacement and recruitment
of Seafarers in the Country. All replacements and recruitment of
Seafarers in Kenya are carried out in close shop system, which is
contrary to government directive on recruitment of seamen.
Government directive of recruitment of Seafarers states that all
recruitment of Seafarers are subject to Government control under
the Office of the Merchant Shipping Superintendent.
know that work is the best route out of poverty. But we cannot
legislate employment in and poverty out. It is long and complex
process requiring all elements of society to work together.
there’s a need to harness the unique power of the office of the
Merchant Shipping Superintendent, Ship Owners and Seafarers Union
of Kenya to a concerted efforts in creating employment to Kenyan
Merchant Shipping Superintendent can be reached at:
of Transport and Communication
P.O. Box 95076 ,
Mombasa , Kenya
Tel: + 254 (41)
Fax: + 254 (41) 220831
Telex: 21243 DIRKPA KE
Local Ship Manager’s and Ship Owner’s contact person can be
Freight Shipping Limited
99760 , Mombasa , Kenya
+ 254 (41) 316933 / 4, 315623
+ 254 (41) 312092 , 314658
: 21057 "JIHAZI"
contact person for Merchant Marine Officers’ Association can be
82026 , Mombasa , Kenya
Tel: + 254 (41) 487120
+ 254 (41) 220424
Seafarers Union Leader can be reached at:
Union of Kenya
82324 , Mombasa , Kenya
+ 254 722-776968