Kenya Ferry Services Acquires Problematic Ferries Risking Passenger Lives

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A report on the construction of two ferries purchased by the Kenya Ferry services (KFS) in 2015 has revealed that a Turkish company did a shoddy job therefore putting the lives of passengers using the ferry in danger.

The Tender to construct two ferries that cost tax payers a whooping Sh1.8 billion was awarded to Turkish company Ozata Tersane Cilik San Ve Tic Ltd. The tender was signed by KFS Managing Director Musa Hassan Musa in the presence of the company legal secretary Elijah Kitur back in June 2015.

According to an inspection report by Bowrie, the company purchased major equipment for the Ferries without the approval of KFS and therefore the ferries had numerous defects.

They opted to place a different genset engine and propulsion brand which was a breach of what was agreed on in the initial contract.

The report indicated that the three pieces , profile penetration plates and weilding were not in good condition with missing grinding work.

Other defects included the defects on the the ladder which was of low quality and poor condition as it had low quality wielding and low quality grinding. The report indicated that the Ferries had already been damaged before they arrived in Kenya as the inspection was done in Turkey.

The report recommended that the Kenya Ferries Services write a formal letter to the company and issue a defect notice to them.

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Tender documents illustrated the specifications of the ferries to be modern sea going, highly maneuverable and twin propelled.

The specifications were as follows: Design, build, supply and commission of New Passenger/ Vehicle ferries two in unit with each going for Sh711 million. Auxiliary equipment to cost Sh13 million, back up spares were supposed to cost Sh71 million while overseas and local training of five engineers and technicians was going to cost KFS Sh20 million.

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Written by Merxcine Cush

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