Only one ferry operational at Banjul Seaport

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The Gambia’s ferry services confirmed Thursday that only one of its ferries is operational and have put in orders to have the others repaired and put back in service.

Local newspaper FOROYAA reported that ferries at the seaport in Banjul were not operational but for one.

Officials at The Gambia Ports Authority said one of the ferries is under routine maintenance and “are diligently working towards having it fully operational.”

Travelers decried delays and ferry conditions and said travel time has doubled from half an hour.

In March, ports authority officials told a parliamentary oversight body it lost more than D30 million in revenue after borders between The Gambia and Senegal closed, forcing many who travel between southern and northern Senegal to circle around The Gambia.

2014 saw nearly D80 million spent on ferry maintenance and upgrades and stakeholders suggested the privatization of the sector.

Many people are forced to cross to and from the north and south banks of the River Gambia using unsafe small canoes.

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