Kenyan cadets on DFDS ships

January 16, 2017 | By | Add a Comment
DFDS employees with Kenyan cadets

Kenya and DFDS signed a contract on the Danish Navy’s initiative to provide training for Kenyan cadets on DFDS’ Danish-flag ships.
Pictured are: Søren Knudsen, Defence Attaché; Captain Oliver Maina, Kenya Maritime Authority; Ambassador Mette Knudsen; Principal Secretary, Nancy Karigithu, Ministry of Transport; Commander Senior Grade John Ærø Hansen; Dr Robert Kiplimo and Professor Bernard W Ikua, Chairman and Principal respectively of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

DFDS’ EVP of Shipping Division Peder Gellert has just signed a type of contract never reported by DFDS before: He joined Principal Secretary Nancy Karigithu from the transport ministry in Kenya in offering Kenyan cadets long-term training on DFDS vessels to gain experience in the operation of large ships.

They will stay on board the ships as cadets for a year, divided into three periods. “It’s not yet been decided on which ships they will do their training, but we anticipate them being able to switch between the ships,” says Tom Møller, crewing officer for DFDS’ Danish-flag fleet. Up to four cadets will start initially, and they will begin as soon as possible.


The contract came about as an extension of the Ark military co-operation. Commander Senior Grade John Ærø Hansen took the initiative and it was helped into life by the Danish military attaché and Danish ambassador in Kenya – and by DFDS’ General Fleet Manager Ole Juul Hansen.

“It will be an exciting task and I think it will also be exciting for our crews,” says Peder Gellert. He emphasises that the contract obliges us to ensure quality during the training.

As the agreement states, it is DFDS’ good reputation that aroused the interest of the Kenyan government. DFDS already has a similar agreement in place with the Danish Navy’s cadets.

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