The much waited MV- Safari has started its operations at the Likoni ferry channel.
It was launched on Thurday evening after brief prayers from both Mulism and Christin cleris from Likoni Sheikh Ali Idriss of Maweni mosque and Reverent Peter Mutahira of Likoni PCEA church.
Kenya Ferry Services Managing Director Khamis Bakari Gowa said the vessel will improve on service delivery at the busy Likoni channel.
He said the vessel with a capacity of 1,550 passengers and 60 vehicles will increase the number of passengers and vehicles being ferried across the channel.
“This new vessel comes at a time when the country is going through difficulty situation following the covid-19 pandemic,” noted Mr. Gowa.
He said MV-Safari operation totals the vessels operating at the channel to 6 others being MV- Likoni, MV- Kwale, MV- Nyanyo, MV- Kilindini and MV- Jambo.
“Following various challenges we are currently facing, we will now manage the social distancing order,” he added.
The vessel will ferry between 800- 1000 passengers in a bid to maintain physical distancing among passengers.
Likoni channel ferries over 300,000 passengers and 6,000 vehicles in a day