Kenya Coast National Polytechnic (KCNP) was competitively selected by the Government of Kenya and the World Bank to be a Regional Flagship Marine Transport and Port Logistics Center in January 2018 under the East Africa Skills For Transformation and Regional Integration Project. (EASTRIP). The project involves three countries; Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania of which five TVET institutions were selected from Kenya. KCNP is therefore developing a Regional Center of Excellence in Marine Transport and Port Logistics, a centre which aims to develop competent graduates for the maritime sector. The Blue Economy is a new frontier for development in Kenya as the country tabs int0 the productive capacity of our water resources.

KCNP will play an important role in providing skilled labour for International Shipping Lines and Logistics companies, Kenya Port Authority, Kenya Ferry Services and Other Maritime Organizations. In  addition, the ongoing construction of the Lamu Port under the Lamu South Sudan, Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor Project, will provide job opportunities for our graduates once complete. The centre is working very closely with the industry in terms of curriculum development, training, attachment, research and innovation.

Strategic Objectives

  1. To produce highly skilled, competent and self driven operators and middle level human resource for industrial growth.
  2. To generate applied knowledge, innovations and technological solutions for solving practical problems in the workplace.
  3. To provide extension services to the community and society in general
  4. To strengthen good governance and effective management of the polytechnic
  5. To enhance existing linkages and collaborations and develop new once.


STCW Mandatory Courses

  • STCW Elementary First Aid Course Support Level
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques Course
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibity Course
  • STCW Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
  • Proficiency in Security Awareness Course
  • Proficiency in Security Awareness Course
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft And Rescue Boats


  • Diploma in shipping
  • Certificate in shipping

Ocean Freight

  • Diploma in Maritime Transport and Port Logistics
  • Certificate in Maritime Transport and Port Logistics
  • Diploma in Clearing and Forwarding
  • Diploma in Ware Housing
  • Certificate in Ware Housing
  • Marine Insurance
  • Customs Declarations
  • Inspection Submission
  • Marine Law

Cruise Service And Management

  • Diploma in Catering and Accommodation at Sea
  • Certificate in Catering and Accommodation At Sea
  • Diploma in Hospitality at Sea and Customer Care
  • Certificate in Hospitality at Sea And Customer Care
  • Diploma in Cosmetology
  • Certificate in Cosmetology
  • Certificate in Spa Management

Nautical Science

  • Diploma in Nautical Science
  • Certificate in Nautical Science
  • Certificate in Coxswain

Marine Engineering

  • Diploma in Marine Engineering
  • Certificate in Marine Engineering
  • Certificate in Ship and Boat Building and Maintenance
  • Top Loader Operations (Forklift And Container Handling)