Mtongwe ferry operations resume after four month hiatus

MV Likoni which operates at the Mtongwe crossing channel PHOTO file

Mombasa,KENYA:The operations on the Mtongwe ferry channel resumed on Wednesday morning after almost four months.

The corporation had announced on Tuesday evening that the services would resume on Wednesday morning.
“We are delighted to inform our ferry users particularly the Mtongwe residents that ferry operations across the Mtongwe channel will resume tomorrow Wednesday 10th January 2018 at 5.00 am in the morning” Read part of the statement.

On Wednesday morning, 3 ferries were operating at the Likoni crossing channel .

The Kenya Ferry communication officer Aaron Mutiso told Baraka FM on Tuesday that the breakdown of the service was due to a breakdown of the Mv Kwale and Mv Kilindini ferries which were operating at the Likoni channel which prompted them to redeploy the Mtongwe ferry to the Likoni crossing channel.

The Mtongwe ferry which was recommissioned by the president in March 2017 after a five year hiatus has been withdrawn more than twice since its recommissioning.

Last year the commission added a fifth ferry Mv Jambo at the crossing channel in a bid to ease congestion and delays sometimes caused by occasional breakdown of the the four ferries Mv Kwale, Mv Kilindini, Mv Nyayo and Mv Likoni .

However construction of a 6th Mv Safari ferry was temporarily stopped by a court in Mombasa until a case challenging the quality of the two vessels is heard and determined.