ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME - Indian Ocean - KENYA / AFRICA
Assistance Program is a voluntary charity of merchant mariners
founded in 1996.
commitment is to:
humantarian assistance to all seafarers;
document and investigate seafarers' rights abuses in Africa;
co-ordinate and carry out training, cultural and leisure activites
and dessiminate information on maritime activities in Africa;
and dessiminate educational materials as well as studies.
P.O. Box 92273
Tel: 00254 41 312058
Cell:00254 721 393458
00254 41 230001
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Maritime Education: Kenya
2000 – 2003
Seafarers: Africa ( 1990 - 2000 )
PORT 2001 – 2003
OCEAN PIRACY : 1990-2001
Somalia Update 17.10.2005
SHIPPING CASUALTIES : INDIAN OCEAN (1986 –
FOC SYSTEM AND SUBSTANDARD SHIPPING
AND HARRASSMENT IN THE TRANSPORT WORKPLACE
ARMS PROLIFERATION / DRUG TRAFFICKING
Seminar/Workshop on Maritime Security
A five-day Maritime Security Seminar was held in Mombassa mid
February this year (2004).
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND STOWAWAYS
SAP- NET -
June 2008 -
Kenya Government has laid down a
budget of Kshs. 30 million for the training of Kenyan Seafarers (officers
and ratings) so that preparations can be made for Kenya to be on
the IMO’s white list.
UN endorses campaign on fair treatment
March 05, 2008: A major international campaign is under way to
promote international guidelines on fair treatment of seafarers in
the event of a maritime accident.
cases on the rise
January 18, 2008 -
Piracy incidents in the world
increased by 10 per cent in 2007, according to the latest annual
report from the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB).
Unsustainable & Illegal Exploitation of
The Kilifi Declaration of Intent, December 2007. On the 6th
and 7th of December 2007 a meeting was held at Kilifi, Kenya that
was attended by civil society organisations from Kenya, Tanzania,
Mozambique, Seychelles, Mauritius, South Africa and Namibia.
We strongly support the UN security council move to address
incidences of Piracy and armed robbery that have plagued
ocean-going vessels sailing off the Coast of Somalia.
Kenya Maritime Industry Kenya recorded association with maritime trade dates back to the
19th century when the Arabs from Oman established Manda Island
250km north coast of Mombasa as their base and port ...
World Maritme Day-2007
Once again the forgotten Kenyan seafarers are observing World Maritime Day heart-broken.They feel betrayed by the government of Kenya and the Kenya Maritime Authority.
- Annual Report: 2006/2007
(13.04.2007) MV Rozen arrived Mombasa port safely early this morning.
It was tears of joy and laughter as the United Nations chartered cargo vessel MV Rozen which was held captive by Somali pirates for 41 days arrived in Mombasa today with all its 12 sailors.
Ship's crew return after 40 days in captivity
(13.04.2007) The morning chill and slight drizzle did little to dampen the spirits of relatives, friends, diplomats and government officials who had been waiting expectantly at the Mbaraki wharf to receive MV Rozen as it steamed into Mombasa after 40 days of captivity in Somalia.
Two ships hijacked off Somali coast released
(07.04.2007) Two ships hijacked off the Somali coast - a merchant vessel and UN chartered freighter - have been released together with their crew, a maritime organisation said today.
(March 24th 2007) On 13th March 2006, the St Vincent and the Grenadines cargo ship MV Rozen was attacked by armed pirates at position latitude 01.19.3 North and Longitude 04.4.41East in broad day light off the Somali coast.
WORLD MARITIME DAY ON 29TH SEPTEMBER
IT gives me great pleasure to say that for the first time this celebration has high level participation of the government and the shipping industry in Kenya.
It is disheartening note that for a very long time, Kenyan Seafarers have been accorded a raw deal and inadequately represented.
African Sea Pirates
Acts of piracy off the east coast and the horn of Africa started rising as early as the late 1980's and early 1990's.
Maritime kidnapping for ransom risks turning into an epidemic unless firm action is taken to clamp down on it.
THE African continent is comprised of 53 countries, of which 38
have a coastline while 15 are landlocked countries. Over the
past decade, African countries have done a lot on port management
reforms, but they have overlooked the development of maritime and
contract with shadowy US company will not eliminate pirates from
Somalia's coastline (07.12.2005)
events have terribly shattered the hope and trust of many people
in the future of the Transitional
(21.11.2005) Georgia, Indonesia and Kenya have been added to the flags of shame -
those with the worst performances - in the latest edition of the flag-state performance table.
MARITIME LABOUR : KENYA
International shipping has long operated in an environment of global deregulation.
There are few restrictions on ships carrying cargo from one country to another. Shipping has produced its own extreme strain of deregulation, the flag of convenience system, which places a large part of the industry beyond the influence of government control.
An East African Search and Rescue Centre needs to be established
The Tsunami disaster that occurred in December last year caused the death of over 200 people on the East African Coast.
MARITIME SAFETY IN KENYA
(29. 04. 2005) The repeated midstream stalling of the ferries at Mombasa are an indication for a Maritime disaster in the looming and maybe another environmetnal ctastrophy like the recent oil-spill on the horizon.
SPILL IN MOMBASA
The recent oil spill from Indian oil tanker MT Ratna Shalini
(5,5178 GT) spread to shoreline causing environmental and property
damage. MT Ratna Shalini laden with 80,000 tonnes of crude oil was
damaged as she berthed at the Mombasa Port oil terminal on April 7th
SAFETY AND HEALTH OF KENYAN FISHERS ON BOARD INDUSTRIAL FISHING
VESSELS (With Specific reference to Illegal, Unregulated
and Unreported - IUU - Fishing) RECOMMENDATIONS AND BACKGROUND
MATERIALS FOR THE OBSERVATORY OF SEAFARERS’ RIGHTS, UNIVERSITY
OF NANTES, FRANCE 2-DAY MEETING ON SAFETY AND HEALTH IN THE
FISHING INDUSTRY - UPDATE: MARCH 17TH – 18TH 2005
COMPENSATION DEAL SNUBS DEAD SEAFARERS ' FAMILIES
Seafarers Assistance Program appeals to the government of Kenya to ensure that families of Kenyan Seafarers who have been maimed or perished several years ago in the high seas are also
Seafarer’s Assistance Program (SAP) is a voluntary organization of Merchant Mariners. It’s services depends on a network of people in ports throughout the world.
(August 30, 2004) The deadline for the Introduction of the International Ship and Port Security Code passed last (July) month without the predicted problems of mass detention of ships and disruption of seaports
Kenya to conduct biological survey at Mombasa port
(August 18, 2004) Mombasa, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya will undertake its first
biological port survey at the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa, authorities announced here Wednesday.
JTIC briefing: maritime security clampdown forces compliance
Although the vast majority of ships and ports worldwide had complied with strict new maritime security measures that came into force on 1 July, 'regional pockets' of non-compliance remain.
22. 07. 2004 - We like to express our most sincere gratitude to the head of state His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki for the establishment of the Kenya Maritime Authority (See Kenya Gazette Notice No. 79).
case of tug-boat still unsolved after 16 years
Press Statement by SAP - 21.07.2004 - Sixteen years have now
passed since the Panamian registered tug-boat MT Harrier
dissappeared without trace in the Indian Ocean near Zanzibar and
with it a crew of six .
SECURITY - 30.06.2004
Since the terrorist attacks in
the United States on 11^th September 2001, the world has achieved
a heightened sense of security awareness.
There are 130 ITF Inspectors, who visit flag of convenience (FOC) vessels at ports all over the world
to defend the interest of seafarers. One of them is based at the port of Mombasa.
Strangely like his predecessor Salim Abdullah Salim and unlike his colleagues the Mombasa ITF inspector
Juma Khamis does not inspect nor visit the FOC vessels calling the Mombasa Port.
The 92nd session of the International Labour Conference
of the ILO to be held in Geneva, Switzerland during 1st
– 17th June 2004, will discuss the issue of adopting
a comprehensive standard on work in the fishing sector.
ALERT ON ACRES OF DEAD FISH IN THE SEA
(February 27, 2004) COASTWEEK / Kenya - Unlicenced trawlers are destroying
marine life in Malindi – sweeping everything in their wake and
destroying corals, sea weed, fish eggs, turtles and Malindi herrings, says
Cooper Motors Corporation Holding boss Martin Foster.
with experts, fishermen challenged
February 27, 2004 - Fishermen
in Coast Province have been challenged to take part in campaigns
to conserve fisheries and other marine resources by providing
guidance to experts involved in sea research.
Behavior Key to Preventing Oil Spills at Sea
February 19, 2004 - (ENS) - BRUSSELS, Belgium, The
European Union's response to recent maritime disasters had missed
the key point - the human factor, the European Parliament's
Temporary Committee on Safety at Sea was told on Wednesday.
- PRESS RELEASE
February 13 , 2004 - SEAFARERS LOG - The Merchant
Shipping Bill 2003, The Inland Waterways Bill 2003 and the
Maritime Regulatory Authority Bill 2003 were on Wednesday,
February 11, 2004 presented to Attorney General Amos Wako by the
committee on Kenya Maritime Law Review.
Complain Over Depletion of Marine Resources
February 9, 2004 - Nairobi - Fishermen in Kilifi District have
protested over the depletion of marine resources and destruction
of fishing grounds by trawlers in the area.
PROGRAM: SEAFARERS UNION OF KENYA January
1, 2004 -
gives me great pleasure to write this press statement at the
beginning of a new year....
December 29 , 2003 - Task
Force on review of Kenya Maritime Laws Which finished its work in
April this year recommended for establishment of a maritime
authority to create shipping policies, make legislation and
Merchant Shipping Act.
year 2002 was an important commemorative year in Kenya.
It was the year the ignoble regime of Daniel Arap Moi was
conquered, and 54 years since the Universal Declaration of Human
UN OPEN-ENDED INFORMAL CONSULTATIVE PROCESS ON OCEANS
AND THE LAW OF THE SEA
The fourth meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative
Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea was held from 2-6 June 2003 at UNHQ
headqarters in New York.
vs Trawlers: Who is the Villain?
THE EAST AFRICAN Magazine
- Monday, July 9, 2001 - Scruffy, armed and violent, the
militias who hijack ships for ransom off Somalia's coast have
naturally received some very bad press. But the real sharks, says ABDIRAHMAN
JAMA KULMIYE, are the trawlers from all over the world who are
busy 'asset stripping' the country's unpoliced waters and
destroying not only the marine environment but also local