The vessel according to Sadala Musoke, the managing director of Nation Oil Distributors limited, the company that operates MV Kalangala will be taken to a floating dock at Port bell Luzira to be checked my marine engineers from both the Ministry of Works and from insurance company Lloyds before repairs are done.
MV Kalangala docked at Nakiwogo landing site in Entebbe municipality
The Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Works and Transport
will ensure MV Kalangala, one of the major marine vessels plying from the main
land in Entebbe to Kalangala undergoes major servicing in February this year.
Sadala Musoke, the managing director
of Nation Oil Distributors limited, the company that operates MV Kalangala said the vessel will
be taken to a floating dock at Port bell Luzira to be checked by marine
engineers from both the Ministry of Works and from the insurance company Lloyds
before repairs are done
“After checking, several parts of the marine vessel will
be repaired and others replaced. The engines will receive maintenance and all other accessories
that require attention,” says Musoke.
Currently, the vessel’s crane machine, the wipers, mortar,
the propellers, the ice making machine and the lavatory services on the vessel
are no longer functional. Vessel engineers from the Ministry of works have on
several occasions struggled with docking the marine vessel whenever it reaches
a given destination.
The vessel’s servicing is according to the Kalangala
District leaders is overdue and has raised concerns of the safety of the people
In a letter to Kalangala District leaders, government has
earmarked up to UGX 1 billion to repair the vessel. It will take engineers up
to four weeks to repair MV Kalangala. In its absence, alternative vessels MV
Vanessa, MV Natalie and MV SENCATA are expected to transport people and cargo
from Entebbe to Kalangala.
However, all the three vessels expected to replace
MV Kalangala do not take heavy cargo and vehicles.
Kalangala District Chairperson Willy Lugoloobi in an
interview with Uganda Radio Network indicated that well as there is need to
take MV Kalangala for major servicing, engineers and government ought to work
hard and fast enough to repair the vessel so as for Kalangala business
operators to resume business while transporting goods.
Mainly fish and timber dealers transport goods
using MV Kalangala.