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President Uhuru Kenyatta launches Kisumu Shipyard

His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives at Kisumu Pier to officially inaugurate Kenya Shipyards Limited’s Kisumu Shipyard and witness the flotation of the new 1,800-tonne MV Uhuru II wagon ferry.

The Kshs 2.4 billion MV Uhuru II is the first locally manufactured ship by Kenya Shipyards Limited working with Dutch partner Damen Shipyards, a flagship project aimed at positioning Kenya as a regional ship building hub and unlocking Kenya’s immense blue economy potential.

Successful manufacture of MV Uhuru II at Kisumu Shipyard saved the taxpayer Kshs 1.3 billion import bill and its deployment will grow Kisumu Port’s haulage capacity to over 3,060 tonnes by complementing the 1,260-tonne, 1966 assembled MV Uhuru I.

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