The Kenya Ferry Service was commissioned specifically to ferry people and vehicles across the Likoni channel connecting the mainland and the Mombasa island.
KFS currently ferries over 300,000 pedestrians and more than 6,000 vehicles daily across the channel. The firm projects the passenger number to hit 500,000 in the next three years if the current trend continues.Ferries are a great way to get around the famous Likoni channel with its many historical attractions and also to explore a glimpse of the Indian Ocean. There are five operating ferries. MV Nyayo, MV Harambee and MV Kilindini, MV Likoni and MV Kwale. Currently the company is in the process of acquiring two new ferries.
Since the Company’s core business is concentrated within the larger Port area, KFS is categorized as a Port facility. Consequently, it is subject to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations regarding Port facilities security. The Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA), which is the local enforcement agency, assesses and certifies the facility’s security plan which is developed and reviewed after every four years as required by the International Ship and Port facility Security (ISPS) code.
Other Security Measures Which The Company Has Undertaken Include:
1. Fencing of operation area to keep off non Ferry users.
2. Erection of robust and strong gates in operation area for crowd control.
3. 24 hour CCTV surveillance in the operation area
4. Installation of Walk-through’ metal detectors and X-ray luggage scanner to enhance pedestrian screening.
5. Physical Search and Screening of pedestrians and vehicles boarding the Ferries.
6. Security signage.
7. Regular security awareness to staff and Ferry users.
8. Continue to invest in new technologies to enhance security