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MV Kaawa Suspends Operations for Major Servicing

The Engineer in charge of the Vessels at Port Bell - Luzira Aggrey Ojiambo told Uganda Radio Network in an earlier interview that Uganda Railway Corporation needed about USD 5 million (18.3 billion Shillings) to repair the two marine vessels MV Kaawa and MV Pamba.
Marine Vessels MV Kaawa and MV Pamba docked at Port bell in Luzira.

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MV Kaawa, a rail wagon ferry that transports goods from Port bell in Luzira - Kampala to Tanzania and Kenyan Ports of Mwanza and Kisumu has suspended operations, to undergo major servicing.  

The Marine Vessel is one of the three ferries operated by the Uganda Railway Corporation, operating between Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The other ferries include MV Pamba and MV Kabalega.  

The Engineer in charge of the Vessels at Port Bell - Luzira Aggrey Ojiambo told Uganda Radio Network in an earlier interview that Uganda Railway Corporation needed about USD 5 million (18.3 billion Shillings) to repair the two marine vessels MV Kaawa and MV Pamba.  

Ojiambo now says that the services of MV Kaawa have been suspended by the corporation to ensure that it undergoes major servicing. The service requires that the vessel is checked beneath, upgraded with up to date technology for easy and safe sailing to and from the different major ports. The vessel will also be fitted with updated navigation charts and Eco sounders. 

He indicated that the vessel is currently on the floating dock undergoing service and is expected to resume operations after three weeks.   

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In the absence of MV Kaawa, Marine Vessels MV Uhuru (Kenya) and MV Umoja (Tanzania) will transport cargo across the borders. MV Kaawa started operating again in 2018, transporting goods from Uganda to Mwanza. 

Another vessel supposed to be operated by URC, MV Kabalega remains sunken between Kuye and Bukasa islands in Kalangala after a head-on collision with MV Kaawa in 2005. Although MV Kaawa was rescued, MV Kabalega, sunk about 52 nautical miles from Kuye Island and 10 nautical miles from Bukasa two hours after the accident. 

The suspension of operations by MV Kaawa and its later repairs and upgrade have inconvenienced the repairs and upgrade programs of MV Kalangala, the main Marine Vessel that transports people and cargo to and from Kalangala District. 

MV Kalangala was supposed to be loaded on the floating dock in Luzira on Sunday, February 9. However, the institution of MV Kaawa on the dock means, MV Kalangala will be loaded on to the dry-docking site after MV Kaawa leaves. 

Engineer Ojiambo says, MV Kalangala Operators were advised to change the schedule of the vessels dry docking.  

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MV Kalangala operators led by Sadala Musoke say they will abide by the rules and advice from Uganda Railway Corporation.

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