Lake Victoria Marine Transport

East Africa Region

eleQtra is working to improve the market for marine cargo transport in the Lake Victoria Region,

by bringing modern, purpose-built cargo vessels, logistics expertise and infrastructure to the Lake Victoria Region to enhance cargo transport services to customers.

The Lake Victoria Marine Transport (LVMT) Project consists of two phases: the first phase entails the development and financing of a small fleet of purpose-built Roll On / Roll Off vessels that will offer freight services to customers in the region.  The second phase will include improvements to port infrastructure throughout Lake Victoria.

Primary Economic Benefits

  • The LVMT Project will provide new and purpose-built marine transport infrastructure to serve the Lake Victoria Region, improving productivity of the logistics chain, reducing the cost of imports, increasing the yield from exports and making possible exports and imports that were not previously feasible
  • The LVMT Project will enhance regional trade, increasing trade among Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, enhancing regional cooperation and integration
  • The LVMT Project will increase the diversification of transport routes within the region, providing alternatives to the Northern Corridor

Primary Social Benefits

  • Phase 1 will directly create over 30 highly-skilled jobs, while Phase 2 will create over 200 jobs, most of them skilled or highly-skilled
  • As in the Kalangala Infrastructure Services Project, Phase 1 will likely entail the training of crew in cooperation with the Dar es Salaam Maritime Institute (DMI) in Tanzania, enhancing badly-needed maritime skills in the region

Project Structure

  • Phase 1 of the Project will be structured as a private company providing freight services to customers in the Lake Victoria Region on the Mwanza-Kampala route
  • Phase 2 of the Project will include additional vessels and improvements to port infrastructure in the Region to accommodate more specialized vessels

Project Relevance

  • The Project will re-introduce scheduled service to Lake Victoria using specialized vessels – current marine service on the Lake is through short-term and ad hoc charters that sail only when the vessel is full and not on set schedules


  • The Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) and the EU-AITF have supported LVMT’s design and development, providing US$360,000 and EUR2,000,000 respectively in grant funding for feasibility studies around market assessment, technical definition and design, assessment of the legal and institutional framework, port infrastructure, shipping lanes and customs processes

Lake Victoria Marine Transport

East Africa Region

Sponsoring government ministries

Ministry of Works and Transport, Uganda
Ministry of Transport, Tanzania

Approximate scope of project

Cost: US$ 25-30 million for Phase 1

Construction: 2017

Time: First vessel scheduled to commence revenue operation in 2019

Likely Cargo: cement, construction materials, iron and steel products, cotton seed cake, sugar, grains (wheat, rice, maize, millet), pulses, tobacco, bananas, cooking oil, soft drinks, soap, and household goods

Developer In Charge

John Opiro