Kenya to get Sh336m from EU maritime transport plan


Cabinet Secretary for Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs Salim Mvurya during the press conference in Nairobi on April 12, 2023. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NMG

Kenya is set to receive Sh336 million (€2 million) from a programme funded by the European Union (EU) to improve energy efficiency in the rapidly growing maritime transport industry.

The funding will be channelled through the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC Africa). MTCC Africa is part of the Global Maritime Network (GMN), an initiative funded by the EU and implemented by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The tech hub will be hosted by the Mombasa campus of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. The centre is a consortium between the Kenya Maritime Authority and the Kenya Ports Authority.

“Much is yet to be done in shipping for the net zero in 2050, but already the pathway is well known to us, thanks to the platform that IMO provides,” said Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs Cabinet Secretary Salim Mvurya.

Mr Mvurya was speaking during the 33rd regular session of assembly at IMO on Tuesday. He called on all member States of IMO to fulfil their obligations on maritime safety, efficiency, security, and the protection of the marine environment.

“Kenya continues to develop its human capital for the shipping and maritime sector through the establishment of training institutions for the training of seafarers, and look to partner with our friends to further develop our youth for the much-needed personnel for international shipping,” said CS Mvurya.

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