The global shipping industry has removed the sea waters of Kenya in the Indian Ocean from the Red List of Piracy 12 years after it was designated as a High Risk Area (HRA).
The move will save Kenya and East Africa millions of shillings in insurance and other security expenses and could open Kenya’s ports for more business.
The decision was made on Wednesday of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations (UN) organization that is responsible for improving the safety of global shipping.
This was the result of a strengthened Campaign in Kenya to end labeling Kenyan waters as high risk, making shipping unaffordable and threatening the burgeoning blue economy.
The Kenyan Sea waters were designated as a high risk area by BMP-5 in 2009, which includes the five largest g international shipping industry associations – International Association of Dry Cargo Ship Owners, International Association of Independent Tank Owners, International Chamber of Shipping, Oil Companies International Marine Forum and Baltic and International Maritime Council.
This followed increased incidents of piracy in the Indian Ocean, including in Kenyan marine waters.
The Renaming will also benefit other regional port user countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, which depend on the port of Mombasa for both their exports and imports.
Merchants benefit from the reduction in sea freight insurance, which leads to an increased competitiveness of their products.
In the last 1 The Kenyan team under the guidance of the National Development Implementation and Communication ion Committee (NDICC) took 8 months.
The consequence of this designation of Kenyan sea waters as HRA was an increase in the marine insurance premium for Cargo destined for the port of Mombasa as increased labor costs for seafarers aboard such ships due to the high risk of piracy attacks.
Cargo ships destined for Mombasa also longer routes, over 300 nautical miles from the Indian seashore, so as not to encounter pirates, while other private security guards hired on board to increase protection.
Increased surveillance and joint sea patrols by the Kenyan Coast Guard and the Kenyan Navy in Kenyan marine waters has led to a significant decrease in piracy incidents, with no piracy incidents since 2017 le more have been registered.
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