July 7, 2016 By Victoria Saffa
At last the MV Mahera ferry has started operations, but with a change in take-off time from the Freetown terminal to Targrin at Lungi, Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom, in the Port Loko district.
The new development has created more problem than solutions for passengers, many of whom were not aware of the new take-off time.
“I missed the ferry to Lungi because I was not aware of the new take-off time from Freetown,” said Mariama Swaray, who was travelling out of the country.
Previously, the ferry used to take-off from Freetown at 9 a.m., but the time has been changed to 8 a.m. daily, although the new development was not effectively communicated to passengers.
Since MV Mahera is the only ferry that now plies the sea route from Kissy to Targrin terminal at Lungi, passengers have called on the Ministry of Transport and Aviation to provide more ferries as they are now faced with more difficulties.
Many passengers who spoke to Concord Times stated that they were finding it difficult to rely on a single ferry, which they say does not take-off at the normal time.
An employee of the Freetown International Airport, Mohamed Conteh, expressed similar sentiment, saying that most of his colleagues who reside in Freetown have been missing the ferry because of the new take-off time.
“Most of the workers of the Freetown International Airport, travelers and indigenes normally use the ferry as the only means of transportation to cross over to Lungi, but at the moment there is only one ferry plying from Kissy to Targrin terminal. People have been missing the ferry as a result of the new take-off time,” he said.
Responding, General Manager of MV Mahera, Alusine Daramy, said because the ferry is the only one that continues to ply from Kissy to Targrin it was impossible to maintain the previous time.