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Children board Buwaya-Nakiwogo to school
Time to board; trucks first, smaller cargo and passengers later
Sailing from Buwaya to Nakiwogo and vice versa aboard UNRA managed ferry is a mundane event until one reflects on the available alternative connection, a costly time-consuming detour or until for some reason, the vessel is out of service when you ought to sail to your destination.
Comprising of six pontoons and powered by two engines, the vessel has a pay-load capacity of 60tons and delivers its cargo of goods, vehicles and passengers in maximum of 20 minutes to either landing at no cost for the freight and the commuters.
The vessel makes 7 return journeys during the day-light hours of every day, being part of the extension of a road from the Mpigi hinterland onto Entebbe Peninsular.
Normal cargo on every Buwaya-Nakiwogo trip to comprise of three light trucks laden with building sand, each amounting to about 5tons, two unloaded light vehicles, some motorcycles and pedestrian passengers, among them school children. The ferry is equipped with 170life jackets which the crew mandatorily distributes to the passengers before it sets sail from either side.
This 32passenger- vessel, which has become a conduit of construction material, is a rarity in having a valid insurance certificate. Its first departure from Buwaya is officially scheduled for 6:30am considering that it is not equipped to sail after dusk.
Dan Alinange, UNRA’s Head of Communications says ferries are mobile, relatively cheap bridges and a fast means of crossing water bodies, to connect roads on the UNRA managed network, until such a time that funding will allow for bridges to be built instead.

Time to board; trucks first, smaller cargo and passengers later

Sailing from Buwaya to Nakiwogo and vice versa aboard UNRA managed ferry is a mundane event until one reflects on the available alternative connection, a costly time-consuming detour or until for some reason, the vessel is out of service when you ought to sail to your destination.  Comprising of six pontoons and powered by two engines, the vessel has a pay-load capacity of 60tons and delivers its cargo of goods, vehicles and passengers in maximum of 20 minutes to either landing at no cost for the freight and the commuters. The vessel makes 7 return journeys during the day-light hours of every day, being part of the extension of a road from the Mpigi hinterland onto Entebbe Peninsular. Normal cargo on every Buwaya-Nakiwogo trip to comprise of three light trucks laden with building sand, each amounting to about 5tons, two unloaded light vehicles, some motorcycles and pedestrian passengers, among them school children. The ferry is equipped with 170life jackets which the crew mandatorily distributes to the passengers before it sets sail from either side. This 32passenger- vessel, which has become a conduit of construction material, is a rarity in having a valid insurance certificate. Its first departure from Buwaya is officially scheduled for 6:30am considering that it is not equipped to sail after dusk.Dan Alinange, UNRA’s Head of Communications says ferries are mobile, relatively cheap bridges and a fast means of crossing water bodies, to connect roads on the UNRA managed network, until such a time that funding will allow for bridges to be built instead.

 

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