Thursday, 25 October 2007

Fast boats to resume services on Lake Victoria

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

Lake Fast Ferry Company is set to resume express service on Lake Victoria next month, nearly 10 months after the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) suspended the company’s lake express ferries from operation.

The two 180-seat boats, which cost the company 1.9 million US dollars each, will resume their work as soon as the necessary paperwork is done, Lake Fast Ferry’s project co-coordinator, Azim Dewji, said in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

“We have already finished maintenance and are waiting for the fuel tax exemption permit from the ministry of finance,” Mr Dewji said.

Meanwhile, the SUMATRA Mwanza regional director, Mr Alfred Wariana, told the Daily News last Friday that the express ferry service which the government had halted to combat transport disorder on the lake should resume without a hitch.

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