Piers currently in an appalling state include the Buwaya pier for the Buwaya ferry, the Buvuma – Kiyindi pier for the Buvuma ferry, Bukasa pier and that for residents in Namayingo and Sigulu islands. They are either broken, submerged by water or neglected.
Several docking piers on the shores of Lake Victoria are in a
A pier is a raised structure in a water body typically
supported by piles or pillars that allows vessels to dock.
The piers are supposed to be constructed to enable both passengers
to load on to a marine vessel and for cargo to be loaded and offloaded from a
cargo boat or any marine vessel that docks at the shores of a water body.
However, all piers on Lake Victoria remain in a sorry state except
the Waterfront pier, the Bukakata – Bugoma docking piers and the Luzira pier
that is under renovation.
The Piers currently in an appalling state include the Buwaya pier for
the Buwaya ferry, the Buvuma – Kiyindi pier for the Buvuma ferry, Bukasa pier
and that for residents in Namayingo and Sigulu islands. They are either
broken, submerged by water or neglected.
Some of the docking piers currently are not utilized and no marine
vessels dock on them.
the docking piers in Kitobo and Bukasa, Kalangala district are not utilized
since they were put in place in 2008. Others are Gaba docking pier and the Jinja pier.
The state of the piers affects the stability of a marine vessel
when it docks since such piers help vessels to remain stable after docking.
In June 2019, MV Kalangala was forced to go off the Nakiwogo
docking pier after strong winds pushed the Marine vessel off the shoreline. The
Vessel was not tied on poles at the shoreline.
Some of the piers are supposed to be renovated and upgraded by the
Ministry of Works and Transport under the Directorate of Marine Transport while
others are supposed to be renovated by the Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA.
UNRA spokesperson Allan Kyobe Ssempebwa says that there is need to
restore all docking piers under its control. He however says, some piers are on
private land and processes to acquire the land before upgrades and repairs of
the sites are underway.
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In the financial year
2018/2019, government offered up to 500 million shillings to National Oil
Distributors, the operators of MV Kalangala to repair and upgrade the Nakiwogo
However, residents at Nakiwogo landing site blocked the
development as the developer sought to extend the boundaries of the pier.
The Minister of State for Works Edward Katumba Wamala says
government is earmarking resources to revamp water transport and in so doing
all docking piers will be revamped.
Aggrey Ojiambo, a Marine Operator under the Uganda Railway Corporation
says that the poor state of the docking piers is a major setback in the
development of the marine industry In East Africa.
“We shouldn’t just look at buying and repairing Marine Vessels. We
should think about where they park and land for loading and off-loading if we
are to boost trade through the use of quick marine transport,” says Ojiambo