Railway Training Institute’s Marine School Officially Opened

The Kenya Marine School is fully owned by Kenya Railways as a constituent campus of the Railway Training Institute.

The campus is dedicated to specialized marine and maritime education and training and will also offer Railway and transport logistics courses.

The school was established in mid-60’s to develop human resources for the then East Africa Railways and Harbors. it was closed in 1992 and reopened in 2018 upon renovation and upgrade of the existing facilities by Government of Kenya and the World Bank.

The school is accredited by the Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) to offer marine and maritime courses in line with International Maritime Organization (IMO) model courses.

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Courses Currently on Offer

  • Coxswain Level 3
  • Certificate in Maritime Transport
  • Diploma in International freight management.

Marine Safety Training Facilities

The construction of this facility began in 2019 and is funded by GOK and the World Bank.

The facility constitutes of the following:

  • Training/Diving pool,
  • Firefighting Training Port
  • Two Standard Hostels for 160 students,
  • Executive Hostel with 40 executive rooms,
  • Conference Auditorium and Breakaway rooms.

The facility has the capacity to host approximately 1000 trainees annually.

In Phase 1, we intend to offer the STCW courses (Standards for Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) which includes the following modules:

  1. Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
  2. Personal Survival Techniques and rescue boats
  3. Elementary First Aid
  4. Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
  5. Proficiency in Security Awareness

The STCW courses shall be offered to the career seamen (ship captains, deck officers, engine room officers, chefs and hospitality service crew) who are required to re-validate their certification by International Maritime Organization (IMO) from time to time to make them sea worthy.

Subsequently in the next phase, we will roll out the following maritime courses:

  1. a) Coxswain Level I and II
  2. b) Nautical Sciences
  3. c) Marine Engineering
  4. d) Marine Hospitality courses
  5. e) Maritime Entrepreneurship
  6. f) Maritime Business Management Courses
  7. g) Artisan training


The phase shall require the following facilities

  • Navigation Simulator Complex,
  • Inboard and outboard engine Test Cells,
  • Marine engineering workshops


Benefits of The Marine School

  1. Creation of youth employment opportunities as STCW entry requirements is a KCPE certificate


  1. With the enhanced port activities, the campus shall scale up skills and competence acquisition by stakeholders hence spurring economic growth in the region


  1. The school shall work with Kenya Coast Guard Service, Kenya Maritime Authority, Kenya Ports Authority, Kenya Shipyard Limited will enhance security surveillance through training and boost safety of lake users.


  1. Through the marine and maritime training, the campus shall contribute to the efficient utilization of water bodies for sustainable Blue economy that the Government of Kenya and regional states have committed to promote.


  1. Boost capacity building in disaster preparedness and management


  1. Offer training in marine and maritime courses for the region (Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, DRC Congo, South Sudan)