The supplier, JGH Marine Group East Africa Director for Business Development, Andreas Gottrup, told The Guardian that they agreed in principle with Tanzania Mechanical and Electronics Services Agency (TEMESA) to modify the ferry and enhance its efficiency.
“Our naval architects have come up with a solution to increase the speed of the ferry as proposed by TEMESA,” he said.
“Once an agreement is reached on when exactly it should be taken for modifications we will do so at our own costs,” he added.
Speaking to The Guardian in Dodoma last week, Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Engineer Edwin Ngonyani said that the boat’s speed does meet the specified requirements by the government.
“We turned down the ferry due to various reasons including the fact that it did not meet required specifications, mostly the speed as indicated in the contract,” Eng Ngonyani said.
He noted that soon after MV Dar es Salaam starts operations, it will ease transport problems for city residents living along the shores of Dar es Salaam.
“Add to that, the ferry will also stimulate tourism along Dar es Salaam-Bagamoyo shore,” he said.
According to a report by the Controller and Auditor General (CAG), the ferry's speed does not comply with the purchaser's requirements.
The government, through TEMESA commissioned a Danish company, JGH, to supply the 300-passenger ferry to ply between Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo at US$4,980,000 (about 8bn/-).
The contract was initially agreed to be eight months starting from April 25, 2013 but was later extended to October 31, 2014.
According to the CAG report, an expert inspection report noted that the maximum and minimum speed during sea trials was observed to be 19.45 and 17.25 knots respectively contrary to the agreed contract speed of 20 knots and goods acceptance certificate was yet to be issued.
The ferry was handed to Temesa on November 17, 2014 after a delay of 16 days without the goods acceptance certificate the public procurement regulatory requires.
The report further noted that as at the time of audit in August last year, almost one year after handing over the boat, the certificate of acceptance was yet to be issued to the supplier contrary to the Public Procurement Regulatory Act (PPR), 2013.
The CAG says defects noted during technical and sea trials are not yet rectified and the ferry is not operational for a year now.