vessel MS. Westerdam calls Mombasa
The Port of Mombasa
on Wednesday received a cruise ship MS. Westerdam on crew change mission.
The vessel which is owned by one of the biggest cruise liners
MS Holland America and Princess Cruises docked at 3 nautical miles outside the
Port channel and disembarked 7 members of its crew. Six Kenyans and one
Zimbabwean work in the hospitality section on board the ship.
The crew disembarking from the KPA pilot boat.
The crew were received by a KPA pilot boat NAHODHA II which
ferried them into the port and disembarked at the Harbour Master’s Control
The ships agents MS Sturrock shipping took them to a hotel
where they will undergo the mandatory COVID-19 protocols before they proceed to
This is the closest a cruise ship has come to the Port since
the cruise season was curtailed by the outbreak of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
KPA's Principal Corporate Communications Officer Mr.Hajj Masemo briefing the media about cruise tourism at the Control Tower.
KPA together with the Ministry of Tourism has been making
concerted efforts to ensure the cruise industry becomes one of the biggest in
the tourism sector in line with Kenya’s plan to enhance sustainable
exploitation of the Blue Economy.
The cruise vessel MV. Westerdam
In 2017, the Authority led by Hon Najib Balala held a
successful meeting with Holland American Cruise lines, in Miami, USA during the
world Cruise Convention. During this
meeting, it was agreed that Princess Cruises will bring a vessel to home-port
Mombasa, after the completion of the construction of the modern cruise
passenger terminal at the Port.
The terminal is now ready to handle vessels and KPA was
geared to receive more ships which have since cancelled due to coronavirus.
With this gesture and the strengthening of marine security through the
formation of Kenya Coast Guard, it is hoped that more ships will call the Port
in post- COVID-19.