Company Profile

Formation & Ownership:
Kenya National Shipping Line Ltd was formed in 1989 under the Merchant Shipping Act and is the only National Carrier of the Kenya Government.
At the time, the Shareholders included the Kenya Government through Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) with Majority shares together with two foreign investors DEG and UNIMAR. Later on in 1997 the company's shareholding was re-organized to bring into the fold a strategic partner Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) through Heywood Shipping Co. Ltd as additional shareholder.

Business Operations:
Aside from the direct shipping business, Kenya National Shipping Line also offers Agency services to special cargo or chartered vessels docking in Mombasa from anywhere in the world like the tramp vessel Agency. The company operates under slot charter system with MSC, also a strategic partner/shareholder but is not an Agent of any shipping line, instead is the principal to various Agents spread in greater parts of Europe and Northwest continent and also in East Africa.

Destinations Of Call:
The operations of the company are currently based within Europe and Northwest continent together with East Africa. These include ports of call such as Felixstowe, Barcelona, Antwerp, Hamburg, Bremen, Rotterdam, La Spezia, Trieste, Le Havre, Lisbon, Lexoies, together with Dar er salaam and Tanga in East Africa. There is a wide and effective Agency network in all these areas. At the headquarters of Kenya National Shipping Line based in Mombasa control and effective communication is exercised with all the Agents in East Africa as well as those in Europe and Northwest continent.

Branch Office:
The company also has a branch in Nairobi to serve our clients from the Kenyan capital and to effectively handle inland cargo destined for Inland container Depot Embakasi (ICDE) in Nairobi from overseas. The company also handles transshipments through their Through Bill of Lading (TBL) either in East Africa or Europe. The company is lately exploring possible avenues of adding other ports of call to serve the clients even better.

Our professional dedication - "KNSL is the carrier to call."

Our Values

01Excellence: We always work improve our services in order to achieve high standards in service delivery.

02Professionalism: We value professionalism to the extent that even the smallest tasks in the company are entrusted in the hands of professionals.

03Innovation: We are always open to new ways of doing things and thinking and are always ready to take risks in pursuit of maintaining our reputation as the industry innovator.

04Honesty: Our thinking, dealings & communication is always open and honest.

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