7 December 2012

Kenya: Use Safety Kits Well, KMA Tells Seamen

THE Kenya Maritime Authority has warned boat operators in Lamu and other water masses in the country against flouting safety regulations.

According to KMA, majority of boat operators especially passenger and fishing boats are still contravening the regulations.

Speaking in Mombasa yesterday, KMA director general Nancy Karigithu called on operators to adhere to the regulations to avoid accidents at sea.

She said safety gadgets must be used in all vessels. Karigithu said they have found out that some boat owners and operators in Lamu are misusing navigation lights and life jackets donated by KMA.

"We have discovered that some operators are even mounting the navigation lights at their homes leaving their vessels dimly lit. This is a hazardous move which needs to be addressed," said Karigithu. She said KMA will punish anyone endangering the lives of other boat users.

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