The concept of establishing KCGS is to pool the resources held within various Government agencies which have statutory responsibility over Kenya’s maritime domain.
This domain has both state and non-state actors in various activities including exploration and exploitation of marine living and non-living resources, fiscal, immigration, shipping and sanitary laws.
KCGS aims to strengthen and enhance enforcement of laws and regulations applicable in Kenya´s territorial and inland waters, in particular those relating to maritime security and safety; fisheries protection, pollution control; sanitation; customs; narcotic drugs; prohibited plants; psychotropics substances; illegal firearms and ammunition; and protection of maritime resources.
KCGS is empowered to arrest and prosecute persons suspected of committing offences in Kenya´s territorial and inland waters.
In addition, KCGS undertakes emergency response as maritime search and rescue and response to maritime spills.