Kenya has inaugurated the facilities of Kenya Shipyards Limited in the port city of Mombasa.
The Maritime Executive reported that the nation has said the new shipyard will have the capacity to handle vessels over 4,000 tonnes and 150 meters in length.
According to the report, the shipyard is a strategic infrastructure asset, enabling it to tap into the global multi-billion dollar shipbuilding and repair market.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, at the inauguration of the facility, said: âThe key sub-sectors of the blue economy, which include shipping and logistics, fisheries, as well as construction and repair of vessels, represent handy fruit that must be tapped.
The report says KSL Mombasa’s new shipyard facility has the longest slipway in the country for construction, repair, overhaul and maintenance.
It also has two shipbuilding hangars, one 150 meters long and 30 meters high and a smaller one 120 meters long, 20 meters high and 13 meters wide.
The report adds that the shipyard has four main workshops – an electronic repair shop, a marine and general engineering shop, a fitting and carpentry shop, and a hull and superstructure repair shop.
He said Kenya had already trained teams of workers specializing in shipbuilding and welding to meet the manpower needs of the yard.
Kenyatta added, âThe direct, indirect and induced impacts of the Mombasa shipyard will create many jobs, generate various investment opportunities and increase the country’s income.
The report adds: âThe Kenya Defense Force has been involved in the development of the facility for the past two years, and it is expected to be granted access to a local maintenance center for the Navy and Coast Guard. from Kenya.
âThe facility is expected to save the country considerably in terms of foreign currency needed to maintain its vessels in foreign shipyards. The new yard is part of Kenya’s plan to strengthen its status as a regional maritime hub. It follows the operationalization of the port of Lamu in May.
âThe first three berths for the new port were built at a cost of $ 367 million. The port of Kisumu on Lake Victoria was also renovated at a cost of $ 30 million. However, plans to revive the now defunct Kenya National Shipping Line remain in limbo, fearing the line may not compete on a global scale. ”