A new ferry was lowered early this morning at the Banjul sea port to begin work at the Banjul-Barra, one of Gambia’s most crucial crossing points.
Named after Kunta Kinteh -An energetic young Gambian who was captured by slave traders during slave trade- is built by Diemen Shipyard in the Netherlands and purchased by Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh’s government.
Meanwhile, sources told Eye Africa that the ferry will begin full operation on the 21st of this month.
The Banjul-Barra crossing point remains a major revenue earning for the government but the purchasing of rather bad ferries in the past years has brought down the revenue and put people traveling at difficulty.
It was earlier revealed that the ferry was named after Babili Mansa which is now changed to Kunta Kinteh.
Ferry services, according to many contributes a significant amount in the small West African country’s GDP.
Banjul, Barra ferry crossing transport over 25,000 people during busy days from both Banks of the sea.