The Star (Nairobi)

21 December 2012

Kenya: There Will Be No Ferry Mishaps This X-Mas Season, Says Official

Kenya Ferry Services have rolled out a plan to streamline ferry operations during this festive season.

Speaking to the Star yesterday, KFS public relations officer Aaron Mutiso said management has put in place measures to ensure that commuters experience no technical hitches as they use their services.

Mutiso's statement is aimed at dispelling growing fear of a looming disaster following frequent reports of mishaps with ferries. "Ferries right now are in good condition. They have been repaired and as we speak, they meet required international classification and standards," he said.

He said six ferries are in good condition with four slated to be operational over rush hours. "Contrary to our normal night operations where one ferry works after 9pm, we have now allocated an extra ferry and these two will be operational till midnight. We have done this as we expect to have more people crossing the channel," he said.

According to Mutiso, the ferries in good condition are MV Harambee, MV Kwale, MV Nyayo, MV Kilindini, MV Mvita and MV Likoni. Other long term measures being put in place are the construction of ramps on the Likoni and Mombasa island sides as well as South Coast.

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