Gov’t to train 10,000 seafarers within five years, says Maritime PS Karigithu

Written By: Ann Mburu

The government targets to train at least 10,000 seafarers in the next five years with a target of having more women join the male dominated profession.

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Shipping and Maritime Affairs Principal Secretary Nancy Karigithu noted that among the challenges that women face in the blue economy sector is the mindset of the workforce and the equipment that is not female friendly.

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Kenya joined the world in celebrating the international maritime day that was marked in Mombasa County where speakers decried the low number of females who are involved in maritime activities.

PS Karigithu said the government is keen on correcting this by offering capacity building opportunities to women.

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She said with the recent partnership between the Kenya Shipping Line and the Mediterranean Shipping Company, a number of beneficiaries are women in targeted interventions to have more women join the male dominated profession.

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Despite this, women still face industry challenges such as biased remuneration and equipment which is not female friendly.

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The government targets to empower at least 10,000 seafarers for the job market in the next five years.


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