Inspection was supposed to be done at Port Bell, Luzira dry docking site in Kampala, but the site was still occupied by another vessel, MV Kaawa, prompting government to take it to Mwanza in Tanzania.
Even when the vessel returned to the country in May, it remained grounded as both its docking sites at Nakiwogo in Entebbe and Lutoboka in Kalangala were damaged due to the elevated water levels in Lake Victoria. MV Kalangala, the vessel which plies the Nakiwogo -Lutoboka route will resume operations today (Thursday) after being grounded for eight months.
MV Kalangala, suspended operations on February 9, before it was taken for periodic mandatory docking inspection.
Mr Sadala Musoke, the Chief Executive Offer of Nation Oil Distributors Ltd, which manages the vessel said, “We worked on both our docking piers which were affected by water therefore the recommencement of MV Kalangala shall now operate while observing the Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).”
He made the remarks on Wednesday during a press conference at the MV Kalangala offices in Ndeeba.