According to the parliament’s Public Investments Committee the three MV- Harambee, MV- Nyayo and MV- Kilindini have been operating at the channel for 30 years against the stipulated twenty years safe period according to the International maritime policy.
This leaves only MV- Likoni and MV- Kwale acquired by the government 10 years ago and MV-Jambo which has been operating for the last two years.
The Kenya Ferry Services management led by the current Managing director Khamis Bakari Gowa was hard-pressed to explain why the three vessels were still in operation despite being decommissioned by an International maritime society, Lloyd more than a decade ago.
The committee Chairperson and Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir demanded a complete overhaul of the Kenya Ferry Services operations since the channel poses various safety concerns for thousands of commuters.
In the new revelation despite being technically decommissioned 12 years ago, the three vessels were later cleared by the Kenya Maritime Authority to operate at the busy Likoni ferry channel.
The findings come amid public uproar after the recent incident where a mother and daughter lost their lives after their vehicle slipped from MV- Harambee and plunged into the Indian Ocean.