Commercial Maritime Activities
To create an environment that would enable maximum realization of suitable economic returns from a revamped and dynamic maritime sector, KMA:
oversees implementation of high standards in the delivery of commercial maritime services so as to reduce inefficient practices that may lead to high transaction costs and delays in the flow of cargo;
assists traders on costs, risks and responsibilities in international trade through appropriate use of international commercial terms (Incoterms 2000); and
promotes investment in the maritime sector by instilling high professionalism amongst stakeholders.
Marine Environment Protection
In collaboration with other public agencies and institutions, KMA coordinates measures to prevent marine source pollution and protect the marine environment. In case of oil/chemical spill, KMA is the lead agency in managing a National Oil Spill Response Contingency Plan.
Maritime Safety and Security
Port State Control obligations require a State to exercise control measures on foreign ships visiting her ports as provided for in international maritime conventions to which that State is a party. A state in this regard should inspect a minimum of 25% of all eligible ships calling at her ports to ensure compliance with international safety and operational standards.
In terms of maritime security the Authority regularly audits implementation of International Ship and Port Facilities Security (ISPS) Code as contained in the International Convention on Safety of Life At Sea (SOLAS) to ensure that the implementing institutions and companies comply with the required standards.
Maritime Training and Education
With global shortage of seafarers projected at 84,000 officers and 450,000 seamen by 2015, Kenya’s recognition on the IMO White List through the efforts of the KMA is a clear statement that is the country is now ready for the international crewing market.
A National Seafarers Training Curriculum developed in partnership with the Kenya Institute of Education (KIE) and the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) is in place to train maritime workers. Further collaboration with the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has seen the launch of a marine engineering degree course locally complete with a pilot training simulator. The development of a national curriculum for land based maritime based service providers is underway.
KMA operates the Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (RMRCC) which covers the search and rescue operations in Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles and Somalia.
The RMRCC also operates as one of the three Piracy Information Sharing Centres (ISC) commissioned by the IMO as under the Djibouti Code of Conduct to tackle piracy related issues.
KMA also coordinates the activities of KPA, Kenya Navy amongst other organizations when engaged in search and rescue operations both at the coast and inland waters.