Maritime Education Key for Taping Blue Economy

Prof. Ngumi (2nd left) interacts with Mr. Han-Dong (2nd right)

Coastline states such as Kenya could easily enhance their economic fortunes by tapping into a wide array resources such as sea food and marine biotechnology; sea-bed mining. Additional benefits can come from fishing, and generation of new resources such as energy and fresh water.

Kenya, over the years has only focused on fishing for both domestic and export market. In the last two years, however, it has intensified adoption of blue economy, a feat Mr. Bang Han-Dong, the CEO of South Korea’s JOOWAY Shipping Company said can be fully realized through maritime education and research. He made the remarks when he paid a courtesy call to Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi, September 4, 2018.

The CEO stressed on the importance of the Maritime sector especially in the eradication of youth unemployment that has plagued the region. While pushing for the establishment of maritime institution in Kenya, Mr. Han-Dong said human resource development in the sector is vital in preparing the society in the adoption of blue economy.

JOOWAY Shipping Company in collaboration with JKUAT and Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU) has supported 23 Marine Engineering students for a year’s practical seaboard training in South Korea.

The training is part of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping and gives the students a chance to acquire essential competence, a fundamental element in coping with the advances taking place in the maritime industry.

JKUAT and JOOWAY Shipping official pose for a group photo

Marine engineering being a fairly new course in the country, Prof. Ngumi acknowledged that the area has few resource people and lauded the Shipping Company’s effort in helping JKUAT produce highly qualified graduates for the sector. She also assured the CEO of JKUAT’s support in his mission of establishing a Maritime Institution in the country.

JKUAT, 2017, won an international competitive bid to host the regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) for the Africa region. The center that constitute the Global MTTC Network (GMN) is primed to further International Maritime Organization’s effort towards effective implementation and enforcement of the global energy-efficiency regulations related to international shipping.