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Gov't Starts Repairs of Kalangala – Entebbe Docking Piers

The piers both in Nakiwogo and Lutoboka have been rotting away. Their accessibility to passengers being difficult especially in rainy seasons since they become sub merged. The piers are rock filled and last underwent repairs and maintenance about 8 years ago.
Lutoboka docking pier being upgraded

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The Ministry of Works and Transport has embarked on repairing and upgrading several docking piers used by ferries connecting Kalangala District from Entebbe.  

A pier is a peninsula, protruding into a water body. It is also known as a Jetty especially when it handles smaller marine vessels away from a harbour. A Pier is raised, built from the shore out over water, supported on piles; used to secure landing for marine vessels.

The piers both in Nakiwogo and Lutoboka have been rotting away. Their accessibility to passengers is difficult especially in rainy seasons since they become submerged.  The piers are rock-filled and last underwent repairs and maintenance about 8 years ago.  

Last year, the government earmarked up to 300 million shillings for the repairs and upgrade of the docking piers in Nakiwogo and Lutoboka. However, the contractor, Nation Oil Distributors Limited only constructed shelter for the travellers leaving Nakiwogo.

Sadala Musoke, the managing director of Nation Oil Distributors Limited says that the government is now putting more emphasis on renovating, constructing and upgrading the already available piers within Kalangala district since more Marine Vessels have started to operate the Entebbe Kalangala route.

 “We are making sure the Lutoboka pier is not eroded. There is need to institute more materials like rocks since it is a rockfill pier so as it can be used by several marine vessels plying to Kalangala,” Musoke indicated. 

Other piers currently undergoing upgrade include the Bubembe – Kagoonya - Nkuusi docking piers. The repairs and upgrade are being handled by Oil Palm Uganda Limited.

The piers will be used by a ferry introduced by oil palm Uganda limited connecting the three islands while picking Palm Oil fruits. 

Currently, Kalangala has four Marine Vessels plying to the main Island Buggala. These include MV Kalangala and MV Vanessa that ply from Entebbe to Kalangala, MV Pearl and MV Ssese which ply from Masaka to Kalangala. 

Novat Mukajaanga Baliremwa, a Marine Engineer under the Ministry of Works and Transport says the construction of such piers should be based on where the landing site is situated and flow of waves towards the docking site.

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