Transport relief as Kigamboni gets third boat

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Posted On: November 28, 2017

The Works, Transport and Communications Minister, Professor Makame Mbarawa received the vessel from a Mwanza-based boat building company, M/S Songoro Marine Transport Boatyard.

The company handed over the MV Kazi boat to the minister in Dar es Salaam after completion of its manufacturing works.

Speaking shortly after the vessel receipt, Prof Mbarawa told Dar es Salaam residents that the motive behind the additional boat was to improve transport services between the two destinations.

“The presence of three ferries will help in the provision of timely and efficient services. When it happens that one ferry stops offering the services due to maintenance, the services will continue uninterrupted,” he said.

He stated that the ministry, in order to cope with the speed of President John Magufuli in making things happen, will further improve the marine transport services in other regions, including Lindi, Tanga and Mwanza.

Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics Services Agency (TEMESA) Chief Executive Officer Dr Mussa Mgwatu said the MV Kazi was made as per the required international standards, assuring that the Surface and Marine Transport Authority (SUMATRA) inspected and certified the vessel as safe for ferrying passengers and vehicles.

The MV Kazi, with the capacity of carrying 800 passengers and 22 cars, an equivalent of 170 tones, cost 7.3bn/- to manufacture.