Progress at Kisumu Shipyard

Progress at Kisumu Shipyard

Revamping of MV Uhuru II Wagon Ferry, and the Kisumu Kenya Shipyard Limited, a state agency to repair, refurbish and rehabilitate ships for use in Lake Victoria will revitalize operations at the Lake Region trade and regional trade between Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

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

After a media briefing at Kisumu Shipyard by the Government Spokesperson Col (Rtd) Oguna and Deputy MD Col Peter Muthungu, MV Uhuru II is expected to be ready by April. “Our aim is to deliver the vessel within the current financial year.” Col Muthungu. The government is very passionate about the blue economy. 80-90 per cent of the world’s trade is through water so we must invest in capacity to be able to exploit the resources and potential in the blue economy.

The key sub-sectors of the blue economy, which include maritime transport and logistics, fisheries, as well as shipbuilding and repair, represent low-hanging fruits that must be exploited. The Kisumu Shipyard is meant to create at least 1,897 jobs, with ripple effects being felt in the local economy, including supplies.

It will complement the old MV Uhuru 1 being operated by Kenya Railways, currently ferrying goods mainly petroleum products to Uganda. The Lake Victoria port network also includes Mwanza, Musoma, and Bukoba in Tanzania and Entebbe and Port Bell in Uganda.

The newly commissioned facility also includes the Marine School that will train Kenyans and other East Africa nationals on the management of vessels and other marine activities. With Kisumu International Airport, a pier and Kisumu Railway Station, the region will actualize the vision of deeper integration within the East African Community trading bloc.