Kenya buys state of the art ferry worth Sh1.9 billion (Photos)

Mv Jambo as the ferry has been christened is already on its way to Kenya from Turkey.

Kenya Ferry Service (KFS) announced the good news on its Facebook page,

“New ferry Mv Jambo ready for launching from the Ozata shipyard, Turkey” It posted.

Mv Jambo, is expected to ease services at the busy Likoni channel which transports an estimated 330,000 people and 5,000 vehicles every day.

The ferry is expected to arrive in the country in July where it will officially be launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta in July.

Mv Jambo is the first one of the two ferries and has been designed by Navis designs & Engineering.

The second ferry, MV Safari, is expected to be delivered in November 3, 2017, according to the KFS management.

Navis designs posted a video of Mv Jambo being sent to the sea with much fanfare on its facebook page

Design pictures obtained by Business insider shows the doubled-ended ferry which has an overall length of 84.6 metres, breadth of 18.00 metres and speed of 8 knots crowned with Kenya and Turkey flags.

The ferry has a capacity to carry 64 vehicles and comes with two rescue and emergency boats on-board.

Unlike the old ferries where commuters including the sick must stand while travelling, Mv Jambo comes equipped with seats.

Passengers will be on the upper deck and vehicles in the lower one.

Unlike MV Nyayo, MV Harambee and MV Kilindini cummuters in Mv Jambo commuters also have the luxury of having washrooms on board.

Kenya purchased the ferry from Turkey at a cost of Sh1.9 billion and will bring the total number of ferries at the Likoni crossing to seven.


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