Kenya to open Maritime Centre of Excellence

Kenya is to open a Maritime Centre of Excellence (MCE) midyear with American help.  
The MCE will be located in the Kenya Port Authority`s Bandari College and expects to present its inaugural course from 22 June.
An MCE leaflet explains the three week course of instruction is “designed to provide operational level training for midgrade maritime officers” – lieutenant commanders to captain – “and civilian equivalents.
“The goal is to improve partner nation maritime capacity and to foster relationship building amongst African nations.”
The curriculum was developed by the Bandari College in collaboration with the Global Maritime and Transportation School and the US Naval War College and focuses on:
Ø      Maritime trade
Ø      Maritime Security
Ø      International, national and other regulatory schemes
Ø      Commercial maritime sector overview
Ø      Maritime sector documentation/certificates
Ø      Port and terminal operations
Ø      Operational analysis and capstone assessment
The pamphlet adds the MCE is a result of a July 2006 meeting in Antananarivo, Madagascar and follow-up meetings in Mombasa, Kenya in September 2007 as well as Djibouti in June last year on improving African maritime safety and security as a stepping stone “to promoting a stable and secure Africa and to set the conditions for the region to harness the maritime domain`s potential.”