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GSL and Kenya Shipyard Ltd Sign MoU For Collaboration In Shipbuilding

With its efforts to enhance security of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), especially on the eastern coast of Africa, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) and Kenya Shipyards Limited (KSL) to strengthen maritime security cooperation between the two nations.

Memorandum of Understanding for Capacity Building and Ship Collaboration

The agreement focuses on capacity building and collaboration in ship design and construction. The MoU was formalized in the presence of India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Defence Aden Bare Duale during their talks in New Delhi. This signing reflects the shared commitment of both nations to deepen their collaboration in maritime security.

Expertise and Ambitions: GSL and KSL in the Maritime Partnership

As one of the largest exporters of defence ships from the Indian subcontinent, GSL brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the partnership. On the other hand, Kenya Shipyards Limited was established by Kenya’s National Security Council in August 2020 to address the operational requirements of the Kenyan Navy.

KSL aims to catalyze the development of the shipbuilding industry in Eastern Africa through its modern facility at the Kenyan Navy’s Mtongwe base in Mombasa. With only a few shipyards located along the eastern coast of Africa, Kenya’s strategic geographical location at the crossroads of crucial shipping lanes positions it to capitalize on this collaboration effectively.

Historical Collaboration and Existing Agreements

The partnership between India and Kenya is built on a solid foundation of historical collaboration. Beyond the current MoU, the two nations have already established agreements in various areas of defence cooperation, including military medical services, training, exercises, culture, sports, adventure, and the supply of military materials and equipment. A notable agreement involves the sharing of White Shipping Information, which aims to bolster maritime security through the exchange of unclassified information using dedicated Automatic Information Systems (AIS) receivers.

Recent Developments and Visits

Earlier this month, a delegation from Kenya Shipyards Limited, led by Deputy Managing Director Brigadier I Omari, visited Goa Shipyard Limited to assess capabilities and establish a collaborative framework for the construction, refit, repair, maintenance, and overhaul of marine vessels and related infrastructure.

Additionally, Indian Naval Ships made port calls to Mombasa in recent months, further strengthening the ties between the two nations’ naval forces. Vice Admiral Sanjay Mahindru, Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff of India, also visited Kenya in line with the India-Kenya Joint Defence Cooperation Committee (JDCC) engagement.

India-Kenya Partnership’s Crucial Step Towards Regional Stability

India and Kenya’s continued efforts to enhance their defence partnership, particularly in the realm of maritime security, mark a significant stride toward regional stability and cooperation. The signed MoU and the ongoing collaboration highlight both nations’ dedication to securing the Indian Ocean Region and fostering greater ties across multiple domains.

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