The Engineer in charge of the Vessels at Port Bell - Luzira Aggrey Ojiambo told Uganda Radio Network in an earlier interview that Uganda Railway Corporation needed about USD 5 million (18.3 billion Shillings) to repair the two marine vessels MV Kaawa and MV Pamba.
MV Kaawa, a rail wagon ferry that
transports goods from Port bell in Luzira - Kampala to Tanzania and Kenyan
Ports of Mwanza and Kisumu has suspended operations, to undergo major servicing.
The Marine Vessel is one of the
three ferries operated by the Uganda Railway Corporation, operating between Kenya,
Uganda and Tanzania. The other ferries include MV Pamba and MV Kabalega.
The Engineer in charge of the
Vessels at Port Bell - Luzira Aggrey Ojiambo told Uganda Radio Network in an
earlier interview that Uganda Railway Corporation needed about USD 5 million (18.3
billion Shillings) to repair the two marine vessels MV Kaawa and MV Pamba.
Ojiambo now says that the
services of MV Kaawa have been suspended by the corporation to ensure that it
undergoes major servicing. The service requires that the vessel is checked
beneath, upgraded with up to date technology for easy and safe sailing to and
from the different major ports. The vessel will also be fitted with updated
navigation charts and Eco sounders.
He indicated that the vessel is
currently on the floating dock undergoing service and is expected to resume
operations after three weeks.
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In the absence of MV Kaawa,
Marine Vessels MV Uhuru (Kenya) and MV Umoja (Tanzania) will transport cargo
across the borders. MV Kaawa started operating again in 2018, transporting
goods from Uganda to Mwanza.
Another vessel supposed to be
operated by URC, MV Kabalega remains sunken between Kuye and Bukasa islands in
Kalangala after a head-on collision with MV Kaawa in 2005. Although MV Kaawa
was rescued, MV Kabalega, sunk about 52 nautical miles from Kuye Island and 10
nautical miles from Bukasa two hours after the accident.
The suspension of operations by
MV Kaawa and its later repairs and upgrade have inconvenienced the repairs and
upgrade programs of MV Kalangala, the main Marine Vessel that transports people
and cargo to and from Kalangala District.
MV Kalangala was supposed to be
loaded on the floating dock in Luzira on Sunday, February 9. However, the
institution of MV Kaawa on the dock means, MV Kalangala will be loaded on to
the dry-docking site after MV Kaawa leaves.
Engineer Ojiambo says, MV
Kalangala Operators were advised to change the schedule of the vessels dry docking.
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MV Kalangala operators led by
Sadala Musoke say they will abide by the rules and advice from Uganda Railway