It was a sigh of relief for ferry users as MV-Safari docked at the Port of Mombasa on Saturday.
The new vessel has been entangled in a court battle since 2017 over questionable procurement procedures.
MV-Safari was procured together with MV- Jambo docked in Mombasa in 2018.
Kenya Ferry Services Managing Director Khamis Bakari Gowa said the vessel will improve transport services at the busy Likoni ferry channel.
He said, despite the tussle and delays finally the vessel has docked at the Port of Mombasa.
“It is a milestone for the KFS, however the new vessel will not be immediately operational,” he revealed.
Gowa said the new vessel with a capacity of 1,500 passengers and 60 vehicles will undergo technical inspection and fumigation before released for public use.
“We have to be more patient until the inspection and fumigation exercise is over,” he disclosed.
He said the move is to ensure the vessel is free from any virus especially during this time of Covid-19 threat.
However there were no celebrations according Gowa because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
MV-Safari has been entangled in court battles leading to a delay in its arrival.
The Likoni busy channel serves over 300, 000 and 6 thousand vehicles in a single day.