Mtongwe Ferry services suspended indefinitely

Commuters at the Likoni Ferry Channel.One Coronavirus case has been detected in Likoni's Senti Kumi estate PHOTO COURTESY

Mombasa, KENYA: Kenya Ferry Services KFS has suspended the operations of the Mtongwe Ferry citing the inconvenience caused by the heavy rains that pounded Mombasa Monday night.

In a presser on Tuesday, Kenya Ferry Services MD Bakari Gowa confirmed Kilindini Ferry and MV Nyayo services were withdrawn after being overpowered by high tides in the ocean.

”At the moment we only have three Ferries; Harambee, Likoni and Kwale which are functional, the other two cannot manage the current situation,” he said.

MV Nyayo was on Tuesday morning pushed by heavy tides off the Likoni channel towards the deep sea with commuters on board before it was later towered to the Island.

Mr. Gowa further said they have since stopped for a while ferrying of motorist at the Likoni channel, to offer better services to commuters though he expressed optimism the operation will return to normal in the course of the day.

“Due to the situation at hand, we have suspended ferrying of vehicles but we hope the ocean will stabilize for services to resume as usual,” said Mr. Gowa.

The hiccup resulted in high jam at the Likoni channel Tuesday morning with students and commuters failing to reach their respective destinations in time.