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Titanic on Victoria: Tanzania floats largest Ship in the Great Lakes Region

Tanzania is floating the largest vessel in East Africa to traverse around the waters and all ports of Lake Victoria.

The MV Mwanza with the ‘Hapa Kazi Tu,’ Moniker is docked in the southern port of Victoria.

The ship officially plunges into the waters of Africa’s biggest Lake for its maiden voyage from Sunday, February 12, 2023.

MV Mwanza: The Behemoth of the Great Lakes

Stretching to the length of 93 meters, the new MV Mwanza which was being built in Tanzania on the shores of Lake Victoria has the capacity to carry 1200 passengers.

The passengers; compartments on the huge ship are divided into the ordinary wagon (economy), Business Class and the first (VIP) cabin complete with all creature comforts and modern facilities.

Other than ferrying people MV Mwanza can move 400 tons of Cargo as well as 20 vehicles.

Essentially MV Mwanza, which was built in Tanzania, is the largest vessel in the great lakes region of Africa comprising Lakes Kivu, Albert, Nyasa, Rukwa, Victoria and Tanganyika found in the East and Central African Region.

And it will also serve all the three countries on Lake Victoria that is Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

The so-called ‘Lake Victoria Titanic,’ gets to ply between Mwanza and Bukoba ports in Tanzania as well as Kisumu port of Kenya and Port Bell in the Nakawa Division of Kampala, in Uganda.

In total Tanzania has 31 ports operating on the shores of Lake Victoria but MV Mwanza is bound to be making calls on just three or four of them that happen to be the largest.

The major ports in Lake Victoria are the Mwanza South Port and Mwanza North Port.

Both Ports are connected to road and railway in the country and neighboring countries and have many facilities including Weighbridge, Oil tanks, Workshops and Passenger Lounge to support various operations within the Lake

It is still not known if MV Mwanza voyages will also take the big ship to some of the large Islands floating on Lake Victoria.

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