The Aquatic Resources and
Blue Economy Conference (ARBEC), will be held in Kisumu, 
Kenya, in November 2022 

Important conference dates

15th August, 2022 - Abstract submission

28th Nov - 1st Dec 2022 - Conference date

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Kenya Aquatica

KCSAP Project

The functions of the Maritime department includes providing and ensuring the safe pilotage, navigation and manning of the institute’s research vessels within Kenyan waters; to ensure the standards, rules, regulations, procedures and practices pertaining to maritime are adhered to and closely followed in execution of duties; prevention of marine pollution and preservation of marine environment from oil emptying and garbage disposal by KMFRI vessels into navigable water bodies; promoting and developing the design of fishing gears and the usage of environmentally friendly fishing methods; maintaining, repairing and servicing all the institute’s research vessels; and to establish, maintain and render an efficient and effective service in the institute.


Vessels in KMFRI Mombasa and Headquarters for research in Indian Ocean

RV Mtafiti

  • 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

RV Mtafiti is equipped with the following research equipment;

  • Simrad EK60 multi-frequency split beam hydro acoustic echo sounder for fish acoustics and bathemetry
  • Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) provides specific information on oceanic currents
  • Sediment grab for collecting sediment samples
  • Zooplankton and plankton nets

R.V Tafi

R.V Chui

R.V Pwani

  • Type:Open Motorized
  • Gross Tonnage:  4 Tonnes
  • Maximum number of persons:  10 Persons
  • Engine: Yamaha Hp 2*20 HP
  • Length:  9.4 M
  • Beam: 2.4 M
  • Depth: 0.75m

Vessels in KMFRI Kisumu Centre for research in Lake Victoria

Vessel name Details
R.V Uvumbuzi
  • Length: 18.5M
  • Beam : 5.5 M
  • Draft: 2.5m
  • Engine: Caterpillar 250 Hp
  • Gross Tonnage: 30 Tonnes
  • Max.Number of persons: 30 Persons
.R.V Falcon
  • Length: 13.4m
  • Breadth: 3.8m
  • Depth: 1.4m
  • Engine: 2*220 Hp
  • Gross Tonnage: 12 Tonnes
  • Maximum number of persons: 20 Persons

Vessels in KMFRI Turkana Station for research in Lake Turkana

Vessel name Details
R.V Kokine
  • Length:24 Ft
  • Breadth: 5.8 Ft
  • Depth: 0.55 M
  • Engine: Yamaha 85Hp
  • Gross Tonnage:2.5 Tonnes
  • Maximum number of persons: 10 Persons

Head of Maritime Department
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Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute
Mombsa Research Center
P.O. Box 81651-801000
Mombasa, KENYA