Mv. Victoria ready for operation in Lake Victoria

08Apr 2020
Correspondent
Mwanza
The Guardian
Mv. Victoria ready for operation in Lake Victoria

MAJOR rehabilitation on a state-owned ship, Mv. Victoria to ply on Lake Victoria between Mwanza North Port and Bukoba in Kagera Region has been completed and can operate any time from now, it has been established.

Chief Executive Officer of Marine Services Company Limited (MSCL), Eric Hamissi

Speaking to reporters here yesterday, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Marine Services Company Limited (MSCL), Eric Hamissi said that what is being awaited until now is handing over of the ship by the contractor and commissioning of it.

Before starting operating in the Africa’s largest fresh water lake, the ship has to undergo sea trial from Mwanza to Bukoba and back while being empty and also obtain sea worthiness certificate by Tanzania Shipping Agencies Corporation (TASAC), Hamissi noted.

He pointed out that inclination test will also be done on the ship by TASAC to see if its floating is in line with the requirement of international standards.

That element is very important for ensuring safety of passengers on board throughout and cargo as the ship has almost been re-built as brand new, he said.

He said that vessel has been fitted with its all two new engines and three generators, modern navigation equipment,  propeller shaft, electrical wiring and modern aero plane seats.

The CEO said that even life raft and life jackets supplied with the vessel are new while parts of corroded plate have been cut and removed and put new ones.

He stated that cafeteria, bar as well as kitchen have been modernized and air blow system of the vessel is also new to make passengers on board to feel comfortable all time of the journey.

The current huge passenger vessel on Tanzania's side of Lake Victoria has likewise been fitted with automated stair case, non-skidding floor and on board crane, he said.

 He said that with V.I.P, first as well as economy class, it has new mattresses and with four life boats of which one is fixed with a motor engine to help save life at the time of marine accidents.