By Martin Mwita
Modern technology and paramilitary trained personnel will help in the fight against illegal ivory trade and contraband goods at the port of Mombasa, KPA chairman Danson Mungatana has said.
He said a Sh4 million investment by KPA has seen deployment of 80 security officers at the port of Mombasa.
Mungatana said the officers are trained to boost security at the port.
The last batch of 40 officers passed out at the Kenya Wildlife Service Manyani law enforcement academy on Friday.
Mungatana said recent changes in international maritime standards have created the need to asses and improve the status of security in Kenyan ports.
He was speaking during a passout of the officers at the port yesterday.
Mungatana said KPA has installed a new Integrated Security System at the Mombasa Port, which will be used by the officers.
He said the improved security will prevent acts of terrorism and further protect passengers and crews aswell as the safety of vessels.
“The government has taken an active role in unifying the various aspects of security including the port as it is particularly essential for international maritime transport industry. We remain focused in training and equipping our security officers with modern technology to curb insecurity,” Mungatana said.