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.