MV Uhuru II Finally Floats

MV Uhuru II Finally Floats

President Uhuru Kenyatta has officially inaugurated the Kisumu Shipyards Limited at Kisumu Pier. He has also overseen the floatation of the MV Uhuru II Wagon Ferry which is nearing completion.

The Sh2.4 billion vessel with a capacity of 1,800 tonnes was being built at the Kenya Shipyard Limited in Kisumu by Kenyan agencies, including the KDF, in partnership with the Dutch firm, Damen Shipyards.

This is the first locally manufactured ship by Kenya Shipyards Limited, a state company under the Ministry of Defence working with Dutch partner Damen Shipyards, a flagship project aimed at positioning Kenya as a regional ship building hub and unlocking Kenya’s immense blue economy potential.

According to the President, successful manufacture of MV Uhuru II at Kisumu Shipyard saved the taxpayer Kshs 1.3 billion import bill and its deployment will grow Kisumu Port’s haulage capacity to over 3,060 tonnes by complementing the 1,260-tonne, 1966 assembled MV Uhuru I.

KSL through its shipyards in Mombasa and Kisumu specializes in both mechanical and electrical construction of ships, offers diverse civil and construction works along coastlines and in offshore locations with easy access for ship repairs.

Currently, KSL has working framework agreements with Kenya Coast Guard Services (KCGS), Kenya Railway Corporation (KRC) and Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) to offer repair and maintenance services to their onshore and offshore vessels.

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