Government Finally Clears another Kalangala Passenger Vessel

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The government of Uganda  has finally cleared another passenger vessel MV NODL Victoria which will effectively start to operate alongside the MV Kalangala next week to ply the Entebbe- Kalangala route.

The new vessel which is managed by National Oil Distributors Ltd (NODL) like MV Kalangala, arrived in the country in October last year but the government had delayed to issue it with an operating licence.

Mr Sadala Musoke, the executive director of NODL said that the new vessel will operate under a private-public partnership where the government will determine the fares to be charged.

We are having a meeting with ministry of Transport officials on June 15 to agree on the fares and also the route chart, he said on Monday when the vessel made its maiden trip to Kalangala to test its water worthiness, an expedition that excited islanders.

MV NODL Victoria has two decks with capacity to carry 180 passengers, but they will be paying slightly higher fares compared to what MV Kalangala charges.

It is true passengers boarding MV NODL will pay different fares compared to what MV Kalangala charges, Also, this new vessel will not be carrying heavy cargo and vehicles as MV Kalangala does, and we are targeting mostly tourists and other travellers with light cargo, Mr Musoke said.

Currently, passengers travelling in MV Kalangala VIP section pay Shs20, 000, first class Shs15,000 and Shs10,000 for ordinary class.

According to Mr Musoke , the new vessel will be taking less than two hours to sail from Entebbe to Kalangala and would make several trips daily unlike MV Kalangala, which leaves Entebbe in the afternoon, and returns the following day.

Gen Edward Katumba Wamala the Works and Transport Minister confirmed that the government had cleared the vessel to operate.

It [MV NODL Victoria] passed all the rigorous tests and if the owner wants to operate it as an alternative to MV Kalangala, we shall see how government can assist it, he said

Jolliebest Kasajja
Jolliebest Kasajja
Jolliebest Kasajja is a Ugandan Photo Journalist, Influencer, Photo and Videographer, Nnews Editor and Critic for African Politics.
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