Only three months after returning from the annual overhaul at Port Bell in Luzira the Ministry of Works has grounded MV Kalangala for more servicing.
The Ministry of Works Permanent Secretary Wasswa Bageya yesterday in a statement stated that the vessel developed a minor defect that require immediate inspection and subsequent remedy.
“The MV Kalangala ship will with immediate effect temporarily halt operations for a period of 48 hours to enable engineers to inspect it and make sure it’s in the best condition” Bageya said.
Bageya also advised Island dwellers to use Kalangala- Masaka route, which has two ferries operated by Kalangala Infrastructure Services Limited.
MV Kalangala is the major means of transport between Entebbe and Kalangala Island.
The ship that often leaves Kalangala at 8am and reaches Nakiwogo landing site in Entebbe at 11;30 am, has been reported for the last one month to have failed to move on time and arriving an hour late.
Officials from the engineering departments of the vessels said that one of the engines developed mechanical problems and couldn’t run the vessel while the alternative engine was too weak to move the vessel without support.
MV Kalangala is managed by the Works and Transport Ministry and private firm, Nation Oil Distributors Limited.