EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: The new ferry named after kunta kinteh was today commizsioned at the Gambia Ports Authority -GPA- in Banjul this afternoon.
Built by Diemen Shipyard in the Netherlands, the ferry was purchased by the former Jammeh government.
The ferry has a maximum draft of 1.7 meters at full load suitable to be used with the present landing facilities in both Banjul and Barra and a maximum deck load of 350 metric tons with an overall lenght of 52 meters.
It has the capacity to take upto 2000 passengers with 5000 lifesaving devices for passengers and it can accommodate 4 trucks and 27 small cars. The speed is double than that of the current fleet at the Banjul and Barra ferry crossing as it can travel for approximately 15 minutes.
The ferry is equally euipped with state of the earth navigational aide with 3 floor passenger deck and 718 sitting capacity and a VIP saloon area of ten sitting capacity. It is equipped with fire fighting devices and a Close Circuit Television (CCTV).
It was purchased under the supply credit facility which cost include 5 year financing at 9.3 million euros.
The construction work stated in earnest in February 2016 after the signing of contract.