Kagina inspecting MV Sigulu in May

Uganda is will soon add another boat on Lake Victoria to ease transportation, according to the Executive Director of Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Allen Kagina who has disclosed that the construction of MV Sigulu is in the final stages at Masese landing site, Jinja district.

The vessel will connect Namayingo district to the Islands of Lolwe and Sigulu. Kagina said the vessel will provide safe means of transport to the communities of Namayingo, Lolwe and Sigulu Islands at no cost, “The physical progress is 95 per cent,” she said.

She after inspecting the ongoing works on the ferry which will on completion be Uganda’s largest passenger and cargo ferry on Lake Victoria carrying 300 passengers.

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“Overall, the project will positively impact the communities through increased volumes of trade, tourism and access to social services,” she said.

She said the contractor, Johs Gram-Hanssen (JGH), Western Marine Shipyard Limited Joint Venture has already finalized the steel works and has embarked on painting works and installation of electrical, propulsion and navigation equipment. The construction works started in September 2018.

Key features include the hull, propulsion systems, wheelhouse, and sheltered passenger seating areas, crest rest room, a medical room and a cafeteria.