MV Mwanza set for sea trial in March

MWANZA: THE country’s largest marine vessel MV Mwanza-Hapa Kazi Tu that was floated in February this year, is set to go for sea trial in March next year.

It is roughly a-three-month trial period, as the contractor is required to handover the ship to Marine Services Company Limited (MSCL) in May, according to the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Eric Hamissi.

“We have almost completed the work as the contractor is finalising some activities within the vessel, especially accommodation. The first route of the ship will be Mwanza to Bukoba, soon after the ship is handed over to the government,” the CEO said here yesterday.

The ship will also have international routes, mostly at major ports in Lake Victoria, including Jinja and Port Bell in Uganda as well as Kisumu in Kenya. If the markets allow, MV Mwanza will also make it for some more local ports, including Musoma, in Mara region, he said.

According observation by ‘Daily News’ at the site, the huge task has been completed such as engines and control rooms already being installed and partitioning of rooms.

Likewise, installation of navigation system was at the final stage, as well as seats’ structuring on the prospective economy class, together with public toilets fittings.

Infrastructures for people with special needs are in various parts of the newly and locally built MV Mwanza, including an elevator.

It was further noted that, over 100bn/- is set to be spent for the ship, whose construction is part of the implementation of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Election Manifesto.

MV Mwanza construction was at 45 per cent when President Samia Suluhu Hassan took over the office in 2021, and is currently at 95 percent, said the CEO, noting that the government keeps on providing funds for completion of the work.

When it becomes operational, the 92.6-metre-long vessel will have capacity to carry 1,200 passengers, 400 tonnes of cargo, 20 vehicles and three trucks.

During the project implementation, a good number of young Tanzanians, over 200, have been benefiting from skills through various activities.

Launching the Ship, the then Deputy Minister for Work and Transport, Mr Atupele Mwakibete, said that once it becomes operational, the ship will boost economic growth and social welfare as it will reduce citizens’ expenditure to cover eating a new market for agriculture, fishing business and tourism among other sectors.

The Deputy Minister urged the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA)to rehabilitate all ports including Mwanza South and North Port which will be used by the ship so that they can meet the daily operation requirements.

MV Mwanza is being built by South Korea-based Gas Entec Ship-Building Engineering Co Ltd.

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