Mombasa,KENYA:Another ferry the MV safari is set to arrive in the country in November of this year
This is according to the cabinet secretary for transport and infrastructure James Macharia who on Saturday commissioned new MV Jambo ferry at the Likoni crossing channel.
“Construction of the new another ferry the MV safari is currently ongoing and it is expected to arrive in November” Macharia said.
The ferry commissioned today the Mv Jambo has capacity of 1,350 passengers and about 60 motor vehicles and it is expected to ease congestion at the Likoni crossing channel .
The ferry is also expected to accommodate disabled and expectant mothers and unlike the existing ferries the MV likoni, MV Nyayo,Mv Kwale,MV Kilindini and MV Harambee the ferry has separate decks for vehicles and passengers to minimize the risk of accidents.
Macharia also revealed that plans to construct sh 5.5 billion cable cars were at an advanced stage and also were set to commence in November.
“Plans to construct cable cars along Likoni channel are at advance stage, to commence in the next few months” Macharia said.
Tourism cabinet secretary Najib Balala who was also present at the launch dismissed members of the NASA coalition who criticized the buying of a new ferry during the NASA Mega rally held at the mama Ngina grounds in Mombasa in Friday.
“Instead of criticizing developments why can’t they go back to school and education is free?” Najib posed.
The ferry bring to total the number of ferries operating at the Likoni and Mtongwe crossing channels to 6 and it is expected to ease congestion at the crossing channels.
Last year the Kenya Ferry Managing director Bakari Ngowa said that the existing ferries were all set to undergo an engine overhaul to avoid the perennial breakdowns.
So far MV Nyayo and MV Harambee have already undergone through the engine overhaul.