Kenya Ports Authority Senior Marine Pilot Job

Overall Objective

The Marine Pilot is responsible for safe and efficient navigation of vessels within all Ports and Harbours under the jurisdiction of the Authority in line with the provisions of International Conventions, National Legislation, Harbour Regulations, Pilots’ Code of Conduct and set performance targets.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Plan and execute safe and efficient pilotage operations as per set KPA corporate performance targets.
  • Prepare and submit marine billing information on pilotage to Chief Pilot promptly.
  • Inform Masters of all ships calling at the port of Mombasa and the approaches of all published notices to Mariners.
  • Report faulty Aids to Navigation, pollution incidents and any anomaly that may endanger safety of navigation to VTS Station and Chief Pilot.
  • Report unseaworthy ships and unsafe practices onboard ships within KPA jurisdiction to VTS Station and Chief Pilot.
  • Carry out timely and accurate survey of all waterfront accidents/incidents for the purpose of protecting KPA interest against any claims.
  • Conduct Salvage operations as directed by the Harbour Master.
  • Respond to marine emergencies as per KPA Emergency Management Plan.
  • Enforce Harbour Regulations.

Person Specifications

  • Master Mariner Class 1 (unlimited) from recognized maritime institution.


  •  At least a Chief Mate (Unlimited) from a recognized institution with at least 3 years working experience at management level in the deck department onboard a foreign going ship.
  • Bachelor in Nautical Science or its equivalent from a recognized institution


  •  At least a Diploma in Nautical science from a recognized institution with at least 3 years working experience at management level in the deck department onboard a foreign going ship.
  • Valid Seafarers Medical Certificate as per STCW 78 Convention as amended.
  • Membership to professional bodies in good standing.
  • Fulfil the requirements of Chapter 6 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010.

Key Competencies

  • Knowledge and skills in shipboard operations including navigation and ship-handling in restricted waters.
  • Knowledge of local and international marine regulations and industry standards.
  • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills including ability to prepare relevant reports.
  • Good analytical & problem solving/decision making skills.
  • Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Flexibility and responsiveness in handling and determining operational issues.
  • Ability to maintain professional status and keep abreast of evolving trends.
  • Proficiency in computer applications.
  • Leadership skills
  • Physical Fitness

Successful candidates will be required to satisfy the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 including:

  • Certificate of Good Conduct from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations
  • Clearance Certificate from the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)
  • Tax Compliance Certificate from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
  • Clearance from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and
  • Report from an Approved Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)

How To Apply

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Email or hard copy applications will not be accepted. Only those applications submitted through the e-recruitment portal will be considered. To be considered, your application must be received not later than 10th April 2024.