Sigulu Ferry is in the advanced stages of construction to serve Namayingo district by connecting the Namayingo mainland to Sigulu Island and Lolwe Island on Lake Victoria. The landing sites where the ferry will dock are being developed accordingly. This ferry will provide a safe means for the communities to travel at costs met by the Government. Overall, the project will positively impact the communities through increased volumes of trade, tourism, increased access to social services especially those, which are lacking or inadequate in the islands.
The project cost is US 4.3 million and the contractor M/S Johs. Gram-Hanssen AlS (JGH) - Western Marine Shipyard Limited Joint Venture has implemented the project up to 98% completion. The key features of this ferry are the hull, propulsion systems, wheelhouse, sheltered passenger seating areas, crew rest room, medical room and cafeteria.
The contractor has finalized most of the painting works, installation of electrical, propulsion and navigation equipment. The Ferry was floated on water, end of June 2019 and the two-week familiarization training immediately commenced. During the training, testing and sea trials were also conducted. Ministry of works and Transport carried out a seaworthiness inspection of the ferry on 25th July 2019. The ferry capacity is 300 passengers and it is currently the biggest Ugandan passenger inland vessel.