Over 40 Kenyan Cadets to be trained on board CMA CGM vessels

CMA CGM promoting the maritime excellence in Kenya

CMA CGM mobilizes for the Kenyan Youth through a wide-scale training program with the Mombasa Bandari Maritime Academy after the successful onboarding of 3 Kenyan cadets on the APL NEW YORK in May.

The CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land, air and logistics solutions, welcomed the three Kenyan seafarers cadets on board the CMA CGM SAINT EXUPERY containership, as part of its wide-scale training program with the Bandari Maritime Academy.

Over 40 Kenyan Cadets will be trained on board CMA CGM vessels as part of this 5-year program. CMA CGM is committed to Kenya and its youth.

Over 40 Kenyan Cadets will be trained on board CMA CGM vessels as part of this 5-year program

In 2021, the CMA CGM Group and the Bandari Maritime Academy of Mombasa signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a wide-scale training program to develop the skills, competencies, and knowledge needed to grow the Blue Economy in Kenya. This partnership also aims to empower Kenyan Youth through training and career opportunities in the maritime sector and is targeting both women and men equally to promote gender diversity in the industry.

Both parties will offer their knowledge and expertise as part of this mutually beneficial agreement. Over 40 Kenyan cadets will join CMA CGM crews to receive training on board the Group’s vessels as part of this 5-year program. Furthermore, the CMA CGM Academy, which supports employees on a daily basis by offering a broad range of solutions tailored to their needs, will share its expert instructors, facilities and digital resources with the Bandari Maritime Academy students.

CMA CGM staff members in Kenya will also benefit from training at the Bandari Maritime Academy, and both The first three Kenyan Cadets boarded CMA CGM SAINT EXUPERY at the port of Le Havre, France, in June. Parties will collaborate on research projects and participate in relevant events such as seminars or conferences.

This initiative is unprecedented for CMA CGM in Kenya, highlighting the Group’s commitment to the Kenyan economy and maritime sector by sharing its extensive maritime expertise.

Three female Kenyan cadets boarding the CMA CGM St. Exupery, 21.06 - ETD 24.06

CMA CGM committed to Kenya and its youth

The CMA CGM Group has been operating in Kenya since 2005 and currently employs 56 people with two offices in Nairobi and Mombasa. CMA CGM offers its customers comprehensive shipping and logistics solutions, including storage, handling, transportation and special reefer services.

By providing vessel consignment and transportation of key goods such as tea, coffee, fresh avocados, and cut flowers under Controlled Atmosphere technology, the CMA CGM Group works closely with Kenyan exporters and provides its customers with the best shipping and logistics solutions through:

  • 3 weekly services connecting Kenya to the world via the port of Mombasa (ASEA2 linking the country with Asia, SWAX with India and the Middle East and JEDDEX with the Red Sea and European markets) and supporting the growth of the Kenyan economy
  • management of loading, unloading and transhipment operations,
  • intermodal services to the sub-region and its landlocked countries like Uganda, South Sudan, DRC or Rwanda,
  • administrative, accounting, and financial follow-up of the vessel’s calls.

The CMA CGM Group is committed to making shipping and logistics a more sustainable industry. Through this program with the Bandari Maritime Academy, the Group aims to participate in the training of Kenyan talents to find Better Ways for the future of the Blue Economy. The Blue Economy, which promotes the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, was defined by Kenya as the next frontier for the country’s economic development.

Jean-Baptiste Longin, Agency General Manager at CMA CGM Kenya, comments: “Through this partnership with the Ministry of Transportation, CMA CGM is going a big step further into its long-term commitment to the country’s development, and is proud to partner with the best Kenya has to offer: its talented and resourceful youth! ”


Led by Rodolphe Saadé, the CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land, air and logistics solutions, serves more than 420 ports around the world across 5 continents, with a fleet of 580 vessels. The Group transported 22 million TEU containers (twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2021. With its subsidiary, CEVA Logistics, a global logistics player which transported 474,000 tons of air cargo and more than 21 million tons of inland freight, and its air cargo division CMA CGM AIR CARGO, the CMA CGM Group is constantly innovating to provide customers with a comprehensive and increasingly efficient offering, thanks to new shipping, inland, air freight and logistics solutions.

Firmly committed to the energy transition in shipping and a pioneer in its use of alternative fuels, the CMA CGM Group has set a Net Zero-Carbon target for 2050.

Each year, via the CMA CGM Foundation, the Group supports thousands of children as part of its efforts to promote education for all and equal opportunities. The CMA CGM Foundation also intervenes in humanitarian crises requiring an emergency response by calling on the Group’s shipping and logistics expertise to deliver humanitarian supplies around the world.

Present in 160 countries through its network of more than 400 offices and 750 warehouses, the Group employs 150,000 people worldwide, including 2,900 in Marseille where its head office is located.