General Edward Katumba Wamala, the Minister of Works & Transport and Uganda National Roads Authority [UNRA] Allen Kagina on Saturday launched the new Kiyindi-Buvuma ferry.
Works on the vessel started January 2019 and completed May 2020.
MV Buvuma ferry will provide the safest, fastest and most reliable connection for the people of Buvuma Islands to the mainland.
The ferry has two decks with a maximum passenger capacity of 300 passengers and 12 cars.
It has comprehensive insurance cover for Hull, Machinery, Passengers, Cargo & 3rd Party.
Plans are underway with Ministry of Agriculture through the Vegetable Oil Development Project to construct another ferry along the same route within on year.
“We appreciate the people and leaders of Buvuma for their patience and cooperation,” UNRA said.
Mv Buvuma has been developed on International Maritime Organisation (IMO) seaworthiness requirements giving passengers and the crew safety and comfort.
Its loading capacity of 300 passengers will relieve the increasing number of passengers and cargo to and from the Buvuma Islands to the mainland.
The existing vessel had been too small to handle the increasing traffic volume of passengers and cargo on top of repeated breaking down due to mechanical failure.