Mombasa: September 20, 2021: The Kenya Ports Authority held their second East Africa Maritime Awards EAMA 2020 on September 17, 2021 in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa to recognize the industry’s outstanding practices for excellence, sustainability, training, technology, initiative, personality and leadership from the East Africa region .
The 77 participants came from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and the DR Congo.
The awards were divided into nine (9) clusters based on maritime functionalities and service offerings with a total of 27 different categories.
Del Monte, based in Kenya, was named Exporter of the Year. Bollore Transports & Logistics was honored as best freight transporter and best regional freight logistician, among other things.
ESL Forwarders won Best Clearing and Forwarding Agent in Kenya, with Best Clearing and Forwarding Agent in Tanzania going to Tahafresh Handling Limited.
The Kenyan Siginon Group was named the best warehouse company. Best Shipping Company went to Gulf Badr Group (K) Limited; Best Shipping Agent (Liner Agency) was won by CMA CGM Kenya Limited, with ELS Forwarders winning the Best Shipping Agent (Tramp Agency). Best Cargo Consolidator went to ECU Worldwide Kenya Limited.
The Kenya Association of Manufacturers and the Uganda Clearing Industry and Forwarding Association won the best membership organization for private companies in Kenya and Uganda respectively.
In the individual categories, editor-in-chief of the Freight Logistics magazine Githua Kihara received the Maritime Journalist of the Year Award. Martin Mwita and Hilary Makokha, both from The Star newspaper, took first and second place, respectively.
Mary Ireri and Gilbert Langat each won the Young Achieve Award as a Lifetime Achievement Award.
We congratulate the winners KPA Ag. General Manager Amb.John Mwnagemi said the Covid-19 pandemic had emphasized the vital role of the maritime sector in enabling global supply chains.
“Despite the pandemic, seafarers in the East Africa region, and indeed around the world, continue to make personal sacrifices to work behind the scenes to ensure that food, medicine and other essentials reach our shores. I applaud your steadfastness and determination.
You have proven yourself in the competitive maritime industry through your zest for action and your vision. Your hard work has won the recognition of your peers in the industry and will no doubt set a shining example to others, “said Amb. Mwangemi said.
In recognition of attendees, Edward Oswe, Chief Executive Office Marketing Society of Kenya (the coordinator of the EAMA 2020 event) said the team was encouraged by the growing interest in the EAMA award across the region, adding that the EAMA continues to consolidate the maritime industry as it matures.
“We saw an increase in the number of participants for EAMA 2020 despite the pandemic. This year we received 77 entries, up from 64 in the previous edition – from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
We hope that other East African countries that are not represented at this year’s awards will also be part of the next edition of EAMA, ”said Mr. Oswe.
The event was organized by the Kenya Ports Authority in partnership with the Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA), the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), the Kenya Trade Network Agency (KenTrade), the Shippers Council of Eastern Africa (SCEA) and the East African Business Council (EABC) organized. .