Wanseko-Panyimur ferry services suspended again

MV 1 Albert ferry links Bunyoro and West Nile Regions at Wanseko and Panyimur landing sites in Buliisa and Pakwach Districts respectively.

The Wanseko-Panyimur ferry services have been temporarily suspended, according to the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).

A statement released by UNRA attributes the suspension of the MV 1 Albert ferry that connects Buliisa and Pakwach districts to the rising levels of Lake Albert.

“In order to ensure the safety of our passengers, we temporarily halted the ferry services to address the identified glitch. Our technical team is working around the clock to have the services restored as soon as possible and the public will be notified on the restoration of the service.” UNRA says.

The Authority has in the meantime advised passengers to alternatively use the Buliisa – Kisanja – Kigumba – Karuma – Pakwach – Panyimur and the Buliisa – Paraa – Pakwach – Panyimur routes.

This is the second time the MV 1 Albert ferry services to be halted over the rising levels of Lake Albert.

The first halt occurred mid last year after the lake shoreline at Wanseko shifted by more than 600 metres displacing hundreds of people after their houses were submerged.

This was the same case with Pakwach’s Panyimur landing site.

The double-decked ferry was purchased in 2015 at Shs1.8b.  It is capable of carrying 250 passengers at full capacity.


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