Thursday, 4 December 2008

New passenger ship returns to Port Bell

From The Independent, Kampala, Uganda
By Patrick Kagenda

It is good news for holiday makers and businessmen. A Tanzanian owned passenger vessel is plying the Port Bell -Mwanza route weekly. Uganda last had a passenger vessel to Mwanza three years ago. That is because Ugandan owned ships MV Pamba and MV Kaawa have been grounded since 2005, while MV Kabalega rots away in the lake after a 2005 accident.

The reluctance by the government to restore the two vessels has effectively killed Uganda’s southern import/export route through Mwanza and Dar es Salaam, putting more pressure on the eastern route through the congested port of Mombasa, which increases transport costs and turn-around time for Ugandans.

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