Court rules MV Jambo fit for use, Uhuru to launch ferry Thursday

The MV Jambo ferry COURTESY.

Mombasa, KENYA: A high court in Mombasa has dismissed a petition stopping Kenya Ferry Services Limited from procuring two new ferries in Turkey.

Justice Erick Ogola on Tuesday ruled that MV Jambo set for launch on Thursday was safe since it had gone through sea test by experts and certificate of verification issued.

Justice Ogola also dismissed allegation by Bonriz insurance marine surveyors limited that the price was hiked.

He said the KFS had requested early deliverance of the ferry thus making the price go up.

“The Ferry constructed must be safe no room for doubt, it should be allowed to dock and carry out sea test to confirm any defects,” said Ogola.

The court also gave orders to stop designing and constructing of another ferry by ozata tersanecilik san ve tic ltd sti until the petition challenging its safety is heard and determined.

He further said issues raised by the consultancy firm shall be looked at before the construction of a new ferry commences.

Bonriz insurance marine surveyors limited which provided consultancy services for project supervision and ferries inspection over the ferries that are being constructed by Ozata, moved to court on Wednesday claiming that there were several issues with the quality and safety of the ferry currently being constructed.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to launch the new MV Jambo  on Thursday.

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