The Kenya Maritime Authority-KMA has inspected and certified the first locally manufactured luxury boat in Mombasa County.
The 42-foot long and five-meter wide boat, built by Mark Jennings assisted by local technicians and craftsmen that is christened ‘Tintin Tu’ Mombasa has a capacity of 12 passengers and two crew members.
Stakeholders have welcomed “Tintin Tu” noting that its successful building will inspire more to venture into boat making.
Residents of Mtwapa Creek in Mombasa woke up to a pleasant surprise as the first locally manufactured luxury boat docked at the creek.
The 42-foot long and five-meter wide boat was built by Swedish-born Kenyan Mark Jennings assisted by local technicians and craftsmen are christened ‘Tintin Tu’ Mombasa.
The boat is made from aluminum and is fitted with modern marine navigation instruments and two Volvo engines.
Jennings who is a mechanical engineer says Kenya has the potential to become the epicenter of the boating industry in Africa.
This comes at a time when the Kenya Ferry Services is embroiled in a legal tussle over a vessel purchase from Turkey.
Stakeholders are calling for government support of the local boat making industry especially given that Kenya Ferry Services has over the years been purchasing marine vessels from shipyards in Singapore, Spain and Turkey which are expensive.
The upcoming Lamu Port and expansion of the Port of Mombasa in set to increase cargo traffic and men and women are ready to leverage on the windfall opportunities.