Ali-Said Matan, the Executive Secretary, Lake Victoria Basin Commission, says among the rescue measures that have been put in place include the installation of 86 Aids to Navigation equipment in Lake Victoria in the three Partner States, enactment of Lake Victoria Transport Act 2007 and its Regulations namely Safety Regulation 2010 and Fees Regulation 2010.
Marine police officers rescuing people aboard MV Moses in 2014
Government plans to construct a regional Maritime rescue coordination center at Lake Victoria Fisheries Training Institute to coordinate rescue operations across Lake Victoria. President, Yoweri Museveni disclosed this in his statement during celebrations commemorating the Jubilee celebrations of
Lake Victoria Fisheries Institute and East African Community.
The revelation by Museveni comes after the capsizing of MV Nyerere, a Tanzanian marine vessel with close to 400 people on board. More than 300 people lost their lives in the accident. “The Government is to construct a Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) at this Fisheries training institute (FTI) through the Ministry of Works and Transport (MoWT) with funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB),” reads Museveni's statement in part.
Adding that, “This will go a long way to relieve the challenges and carnage experienced due to poor water transport while also supporting capacity building in the water transport sector and creating employment."
He however, didn't disclose the much money required to construct the rescue coordination center. The Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries Minister, Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja told URN that government is yet to secure the bills of quantities for the construction works.
Usually, when marine vessel breaks down, a signal is sent to a nearby docking site where a marine boat is dispatched to rescue the travelers.
In 2014, a marine boat was dispatched from Lutoboka Landing site to rescue people aboard MV Moses, a marine vessel that was transporting people to Kalangala District from Entebbe.
Ali-Said Matan, the Executive Secretary, Lake Victoria Basin Commission, says among the rescue measures that have been put in place include the installation of 86 Aids to Navigation equipment in Lake Victoria in the three Partner States, enactment of Lake Victoria Transport Act (2007) and its Regulations namely Safety Regulation (2010) and Fees Regulation (2010).
This regulatory framework ensures safety and security of transport on Lake Victoria among others. Matan now says, the construction of the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centers will be done in all the partner states that share the shoreline of Lake Victoria to offer rapid response to the people aboard Marine Vessels on Lake Victoria.