In Summary
  • KFS officials told Nation that the two vessels were taken out of service after developing mechanical problems.
  • Sources revealed that mv Likoni’s propeller was damaged, forcing its withdrawal.

Thousands of ferry users are staring at a crisis at the Likoni channel crossing following the grounding of two ferries.

Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) has withdrawn mv Nyayo and mv Likoni.

KFS officials told the Nation that the two vessels were taken out of service after developing mechanical problems.

DAMAGED PROPELLER

Sources revealed that mv Likoni’s propeller was damaged, forcing its withdrawal.

“Workers tried to fix it [propeller] but they did not succeed. The management is now contemplating sending the vessel to African Marine and General Engineering Company (Amgeco) for the repairs,” a senior KFS official said on condition of anonymity.

The vessel has been out of service since Monday, the Nation learnt. KFS Communications Officer Aaron Mutiso confirmed that the mv Likoni was undergoing repairs and it would be back “soon”.

Meanwhile, the second ferry, mv Nyayo, was withdrawn on Tuesday evening despite KFS announcing last week that it would be taken for repairs.

MAINTENANCE

The vessel had been operating despite an earlier announcement that it would be withdrawn for maintenance at the Amgeco.

The agency had said in a statement that the 30-year-old vessel would undergo a mandatory maintenance programme that would take two weeks.

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