Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Minister: We have plans to maintain marine vessels

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Daniel Msangya

The Ministry of Transportation has plans to undertake major maintenance of ships and reduce the problem of obsolete vessels belonging to the Marine Service Company.

This was said in parliament yesterday by the deputy minister for Transportation, Mr Athuman Mfutakamba.He said the government also planned to procure new marine vessels for Lake Victoria. In this connection it has requested the Danish government to fund a feasibility study for constructing a ship and the type of ship to be procured.

Mr Mfutakamba said to start with the government would set aside a budget in fiscal year 2011/2012 for the ship’s procurement. However, the ministry would continue to negotiate with the private sector to invest in marine transportation on Lake Victoria, he said. Currently MV Nyehunge provides service between Mwanza and Ukerewe island. On MV Clarias (photo), he explained that it was old, having been built in 1961. It was undergoing routine maintenances from time to time, he explained.

The ship was inspected by Sumatra for seaworthiness certification before being permitted to provide services in the lake, he said. Mr Mfutakamba was responding to questions from Mr Salvador Naluyaga, MP for Ukerewe (Chadema).

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