Did you know Kenya actually builds ferries? I must admit I thought we were light years away from that.

Last week, a Mombasa based firm was celebrating completion of its latest Ferry (MV Albert 1). Southern Engineering Company (Seco) partnered with a Germany-based company – Damen Shipyards – in the project that took eight months.

The ferry belongs to Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA). It will be disassembled and transported to Uganda by 22 trucks where again it will be reassembled and commissioned to serve in Lake Albert. Parts of the Sh310 Million ferry were made locally, with others imported from Germany and India.

This was the 4th ferry UNRA has bought from Seco. It measures 42 metres by 15 metres, and has a capacity of 250 people and 20 vehicles.

It is ironical that despite Uganda’s confidence in Kenyan made ferries, our government has never bought a locally produced one. Kenya has contracted a Turkish firm to deliver two ferries to Mombasa at a cost of Sh1.3 billion.

Here are some photos of the Kenyan made MV Albert 1.