After seven years of waiting, the people of Kalangala district finally got a new ferry-MV Pearl, plying the Bukakata-Luuku route.
MV Pearl replaces Kalangala ferry that has been operating on the route for 16 years. MV Pearl uses a maximum of 30 minutes to move between Bukakata and Luuku, 30 minutes faster than the old Ferry. MV Pearl has the capacity to carry 200 passengers and twenty vehicles. It has a maximum load capacity of 120 tons.
The free to use ferry is owned and operated by Kalangala Infrastructure Services (KIS) while the government of Uganda is to pay Shs 5 billion in operational fees each year.
KIS is also expected to launch another Ferry on the same route in the second half of 2013.