President Kenyatta Commissions Kisumu Shipyard After Commissioning the Mtongwe Navy base in Mombasa Last Year

President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Kisumu Shipyard

It is the second such facility to be commissioned by President Kenyatta in less than a year, in December last year, he unveiled a modern shipyard at the Mtongwe navy base in Mombasa which made Kenya the first country in sub-Saharan Africa with such a facility

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday officially commissioned the Kisumu Shipyard, saying the facility will create business and job opportunities for thousands of young people in the country.

The President said the facility, under the Kenya Shipyards Limited, will encourage the growth of primary and ancillary manufacturing industries. He pointed out that the Kisumu Shipyard will also improve transport and safety in the lake, enhance intermodal transport as well as boost fishing, tourism and other economic activities in the Eastern Africa region.

“The Kenya Shipyards Limited’s role in the development of the Blue Economy is set to attract foreign direct investments and drive domestic direct investments in the long run. “Its catalytic effect will trigger the growth of ancillary and support industries and businesses that will all have a cascading effect across the whole of the national economy,” the President said.

The Mtongwe Navy base in Mombasa

It is the second such facility to be commissioned by President Kenyatta in less than a year, in December last year, he unveiled a modern shipyard at the Mtongwe navy base in Mombasa which made Kenya the first country in sub-Saharan Africa with such a facility. The facility in Mombasa can handle vessels of more than 4,000 tons and 150 m and it is set to boost Kenya’s maritime Hub Status across Africa.

Kenya shipyard limited (KSL)has the longest Slipway a platform on which ships are secured and winched out of the water onto a working area for construction repair refilling and Maintenance.

The President also witnessed the floatation of the new MV Uhuru II ferry wagon constructed by Kenyan shipbuilding experts and engineers with the support of consultants from Damen Gorinchem, a Dutch shipbuilding and engineering company. The 100-meter vessel with a capacity of carrying up to 22 wagons and an estimated capacity of 2 million litres of crude oil per trip is the first ship to be made in Kenya by Kenyans.

With the successful construction of the MV Uhuru II ship which will be commissioned later this year at the Kisumu Shipyard, President Kenyatta expressed satisfaction that Kenya has become a pioneer shipbuilding nation in Africa. “It is gratifying to note that during these works, young Kenyans have been empowered through the acquisition of critical skills in shipbuilding.

“Indeed, mainstreaming of the youth into the national economic agenda has been a key plank of my administration’s development plan as envisaged in the Vision 2030 and the ‘Big 4’ Agenda,” President Kenyatta said.

Defence Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa said the floatation and subsequent commissioning of MV Uhuru II will have an immediate impact on increasing the volume of petroleum products being transported to Uganda from Kisumu while at the same time generating more revenue for the Government and creating jobs for the youth.

Chief of Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi thanked the teams of engineers and technicians both from Kenya and the Damen Gorinchem company of the Netherlands who worked tirelessly without a break to deliver the MV Uhuru II project in less than one year. General Kibochi noted that ordinarily, the project would have taken three years to complete.

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