Transport Minister, Dzifa Aku Attivor, has inspected a newly manufactured state of the art pontoon to be operated by the Volta Lake Transport Company, which would enhance transportation on the Volta Lake.
The pontoon, which cost 2.7 million euro, was funded from the Ministry of Transport’s budgetary allocation, and was manufactured by Damen, a Dutch Shipbuilding company, based in Rotterdam
The Minister, who was accompanied by the Chief Director of the Ministry, Twumasi Ankrah Selby, to visit the Rotterdam Shipyard, expressed satisfaction at the quality of the facility.
She said, the procurement of the pontoon was in line with President John Mahama’s commitment to improve the lot of the over seven hundred communities scattered along the Volta Lake, adding that her ministry will continue to attach great importance to the welfare of the inhabitants of these communities.
“The deployment of this pontoon on the Volta Lake is again another fulfillment of the manifesto pledge of NDC to spread the dividends of democracy to all communities in the country “, she added.
Madam Attivor said, the Ministry has gone far with discussions on the need to add more pontoons to the operations of the Volta Lake Transport Company.
Damen is noted for the building of perfectly tailored, fuel-efficient ferries and pontoons to suit rural and urban transport networks.
Damen ferries and pontoons are built at their own yards.
The company is one of the most experienced ferry builders in the world, with a world-class reputation for aluminum fast ferries, patrol vessels, crew suppliers and workboats.