The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) on
Wednesday launched the East Africa Maritime Awards (EAMA)
that will seek to recognize and award notable users of
the Port of Mombasa.
The awards aim to set performance
standards by encouraging port users towards a
more collaborative approach to regional trade
while taking cognizance of the praiseworthy
achievements by individual players.
In a speech delivered on his behalf by
General Manager Corporate Services Mr. Edward
Kamau, KPA Acting Managing Director Dr Arch.
Daniel Manduku said that the new award system
was a break from the previous approach where the
Authority undertook rewards programs without
involving external stakeholders.
“Over the years, we have appreciated
your efforts by giving awards to different
players in the industry. While this has been
commendable, we have decided in collaboration
with other anchor stakeholders to initiate a
reward system that will be free, fair, and open
to all the industry players to participate in
line with international standards of practice,”
The Authority has incorporated the
help of an independent expert, Think Business
Limited, who will put in place a research-based
method of assessment in the award process that
is objective, valid and foolproof.
EAMA awards target the maritime
community, both individuals and organisations in
Eastern Africa that endeavor to strengthen and
grow their services at the Port of Mombasa.
General Manager Corporate Services Edward Kamau giving the
keynote address during the launch of the EAMA awards.
The list includes importers and
exporters, shipping lines and agents, cargo
consolidators, clearing and forwarding agents and
warehousing companies, CFS operators, partner government
agencies, transporters, liquid and bulk operators,
providers of support services among others.
The initiative comes in the wake of
massive modernisation of port infrastructure at
the Mombasa seaside to enhance port efficiency
and enable fast movement of cargo to the
hinterland via the Standard Gauge Railway.
Between April and July this year, the
port has received six Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG)
cranes, one new Ship to Shore Gantry Crane and
12 Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes, for the Second
During the same period, the Authority
also acquired additional 28 new terminal
tractors and four Eco Hoppers fitted with
environmental friendly gadgets that reduce dust
emission while handling dirty cargoes such as
Clinker, Gypsum and Coal.
The equipment is now operational and
contributing to improved port performance.
At the end of the independent judging
process that will uphold world-class standards,
the Authority will be able to give 26 awards
that will recognize the below categories:
Ag. PMAESA Secretary General Col. Andre Ciseau
(L) and Kenya Revenue Authority Deputy
Commissioner in charge of Southern Region
Nicholas Kinoti following the proceedings of the
launch of the EAMA awards.
Best Shipping Line
Best Shipping Agent
Best Shipping Agent (Dry Bulk)
Best Shipping Agent (Liquid Bulk)
Best Cargo Consolidator
Best Cargo Freight Station (CFS)
Best Clearing and Forwarding Agent
[Per Country in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan,
Best Regional Cargo Logistics Provider
Best Cargo Transporter [Per Country in
Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Burundi and DRC]
Exporter of The Year [Per Country in
Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and DRC]
Importer of The Year [Per Country in
Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Burundi, DRC and
Membership Organisation Award [Per
Country in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan,
Burundi and DRC]
Most Efficient Partner Government
Marine Cargo Insurance Award
Auxiliary Service Provider Award
Financial Service Provider Award
Excellence in Maritime Education &
The Safety Award
Business Initiative of The Year
Corporate Social Investment (CSI)
The Environmental Protection Award
Maritime Journalist Award [Per Country
in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Burundi and
Young Achiever Award
Outstanding Woman Award
Lifetime Achievement Award
The EAMA awards are a strategic
initiative of the Authority in collaboration with the
Kenya Maritime Authority, Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya
Trade Network Agency, Shippers Council of Eastern
Africa, East African Business Council and Think Business
The objective of the awards is to
promote excellence in service delivery, appreciate
exceptional contribution to the industry and economy,
encourage innovation, and improve overall performance.