Posted on December 12, 2022
The Kenyan government has begun the construction of an Sh1.2 billion regional maritime transport and port logistics institute in Kwale county. The start of the project was marked by a groundbreaking ceremony officiated by Salim Mvurya, Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Mining, Blue Economy, and Maritime Affairs.
According to Mvurya, the first phase of the project consists of tuition and administration blocks. Construction will be completed in the next 18 months. It will also include cutting edge facilities for students interested in the global marine transportation industry.
He noted that the institute’s second phase will begin immediately after the first phase is completed in 2024. He also asked the contractor, Symbion International Architects, to work extra to complete the project by the set date. The contractor was also asked to observe their specifications and engineering standards.
CS Mvurya claimed that the first phase of the initiative is being funded by the Kenyan government and the World Bank. The first phase will cost Sh. 806 million. He described the investment as a significant vote of confidence in the blue economy sector.
Expectations for the regional maritime transport and port logistics institute in Kwale
Upon completion, the cutting-edge training facility will operate as an East African regional center of excellence. It aims to train the next generation of mariners as part of a World Bank project dubbed the East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration.
According to Mvurya the regional maritime transport and port logistics institute in Kwale will also cater to the country’s maritime interests. Moreover, it will place it in the category of a maritime powerhouse and equip trainees with needed knowledge and skills in port logistics and marine transport.
The regional maritime institute will focus on training experts in the marine industry in areas like shipbuilding and repairs. This will change the game for the maritime sector.