Kenya Ferry Rocked by Fresh Crisis

The Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) has been hit by another crisis, adding to the myriad trouble the Likoni carrier has been facing over the past few months.

In a memo sent to newsrooms and the Transport Ministry, KFS announced a planned mandatory maintenance on one of their vessels.

A ferry crosses the Likoni channel. PHOTO: Courtesy

MV Nyayo will be undergoing a mandatory planned maintenance program at the African Marine & General Engineering Company (AMAGECO).

The scheduled repairs are set to take at least two weeks before the vessel is back, creating a strain on the remaining four ferries plying the Likoni channel.

KFS has advised its more than 300,000 passengers and 6,000 daily motorists to avoid peak times that start at 0630HRS to 0800HRS in the morning and 1800HRS to 1930HRS in the evenings.


In a Senate finding last year, all the ferries in Likoni were unseaworthy after missing basic statutory requirements.

MV Harambee was found to be having a dysfunctional ramp that led to the deaths of Mariam Kiganda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu in September 2019.

Their rescue would take the combined efforts of the Government and private divers more than 10 days.



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