Construction of the new ship that will cost 88.764bn/- is expected to be completed by September 2020, fulfilling President John Magufuli’s promise to end the long standing transportation problem on Lake Victoria.
The containers were received on Monday at Mwanza port in presence of various agency representatives along with high ranking government officials including Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Atashasta Nditiye, chairman of Marine Services Company L.T.D Eric Hamisi, Rayton Kwembe who is the Country representative for the South Korea company—Gasentec and Mwanza Regional Commissioner, John Mongela
Speaking shortly after receiving the consignment, Deputy minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Atashasta Nditiye, said the government’s goal is to ensure Tanzanian improves the transportation sector .
“What we want is for the construction work to start and be completed in time. We will continue increasing the number of workers to ensure that the project is completed on time so that the ship can start operating within the time frame ,” said Nditiye.
Detailing on the project, chairman of Marine Services Company LTD, Eric Hamisi said the ship will be 90 metres long, with the capacity to carry 1,200 passengers, 20 small vehicles and 400 tonnes of cargo.
Rayton Kwembe, country representative for South Korea’s Gasentec Ltd managing the project said the company has already started preparations to train Tanzanian workers to help in the construction of the ship.
He said that some 20 to 30 containers will be arriving every other month until the construction works are done.
Rayton assured the government of Tanzania and Tanzanians in general that they will use their engineering capabilities and technology to ensure that the project is completed on time.
Mwanza Regional Commissioner John Mongela said the ship is capable of travelling between Mwanza and Kagera in just 6 hours and hence will also increase government revenues of the marine transportation sector.