Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs

Specialization

Maritime Education & Training

Campus

Malmö, Sweden

Country

Kenya

First Advisor

Cole, Clive

Abstract

The dissertation is a study of the effects of the STCW 78, as amended, on Kenya’s MET. In this regard, it takes into consideration the recent requirements of the 2010 Manila amendments to the said Convention, and the set International Maritime Organization (IMO) deadline for Governments to comply with the mentioned provisions. Sequentially, the work examines the effects of the Convention, as amended, on Kenya’s Maritime Education and Training (MET) by initially exploring the historical and contemporary status of the country’s MET. Furthermore, it delivers a comparative analysis of Kenya’s strategies in the execution of the STCW 78, as amended, with those of the Philippines, Japan, Egypt and the Netherlands, in order to provide a platform for Kenya to appraise itself and benefit from the experiences of other IMO States, as well as draw lessons for its MET. The study also seeks to envisage the future of Kenya’s MET. Thus, the findings from the study’s data analyses demonstrate that the Convention, as amended, has influenced Kenya’s MET. However, it also identifies certain challenges in the country’s endeavours to comply with the STCW 78, as amended. Additionally, the work also recognizes the significance of strategy use in the implementation of the amended Convention. In conclusion, the study suggests how Kenya can benefit from other nations’ experiences of implementing the STCW 78, as amended, and draws lessons for its MET. If considered, these responses could reinforce Kenya’s STCW compliance efforts and play a vital role in the progress of its future MET.