Government says it will not buy a new ship to replace the sunken MV Kabalega ship which collided with MV Pamba on the Lake Victoria waters fours ago.
Engineer John Byabagambi, the state Minister for works, says a decision has been made to improve the inland port facilities in Jinja and Port Bell to have private players in Marine industry invest in privately owned cargo ships.
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Byabagambi says Burges which carry bigger tones of cargo will be allowed to operate along the current roll on roll off Uganda railway ships. He says the Burges carry up to 100 containers compared to 40 containers on the roll off roll on railway ships.
Meanwhile he says some private players have expressed interest in rescuing the sunken ship and have it repaired and operated under a concession.
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One of the grounded ships will be repaired with funding from East African Community's East African Transportation project while the other one will be repaired with funding from the government through Rift valley Railways.
Traders in Uganda have been urging government to urgently restore the ships on Lake Victoria to reduce on the cost of transportation by road.
Sometimes Ugandan goods have delayed especially when the Railways lines are uprooted from the Kenyan side.