Kenya's first sea research vessel, RV Mtafiti
President Uhuru Kenyatta launching RV Mtafiti at Kilindini, Mombasa

More information

  • IMO: 8424903
  • MMSI: 634124000
  • Call Sign: 5ZZI
  • Flag: Kenya[KE]
  • Gross Tonnage: 625
  • Length Overall x Bredth Exterem: 55.1m x 9.1m
  • Year Built 1977
  • Status: Active
  • Home port: Mombasa



Equipment installed in RV Mtafiti   
The Simrad EK60 is a scientific echo sounder. It is the ‘de facto’ world standard system for fishery research applications
The Simrad EK60 can operate seven echo sounder frequencies simultaneously ranging from 18 to 710 kHz. A wide selection of high quality accurate transducers is available.
  • High dynamic range
  • Raw data recording
  • Low self noise
  • High ping rate
  • Multi frequency application for species identification
  • Simultaneous transmission of all frequencies
  • Several frequencies covering same sampling volume
  • Remote control
  • Store and reload personal settings
  • Data server interface for raw data recording
 Laboratories equipment  

One of the state of art  Quaatro autoanalyser in the nutrients lab used for the analysis of total Phosphorous , total nitrogen, nutrients (nitrates, nitrites, ammonia and phosphates)



A compound microscope and an inverted microscope in the biological lab used for identification of zoo and phytoplanktons.

  Nutrients laboratory, equiped with computerized double beam spectrophotometers, centrifuge, for the analysis of nutrients in water columns and  sediments , chlorophyll a,b and c.
  Kjelflex and a kjeldahl digestor units in the natural products lab used for nitrogen and protein digestion and analysis