It seemed to be the usual practice to sail with the ramp down.
Speaking of tragedies, it can always get worse. Tanzania is in mourning after the ferry MV Nyerere sank in Lake Victoria on Thursday with hundreds of passengers on board. The vessel went down in a calm sea in protected waters close to the shore of Ukara Island in the southeast of Africa’s largest lake and world’s second largest fresh water lake.
At least 136 bodies have been retrieved Tanzanian officials have said, and scores more are still feared missing as rescuers search for survivors.
Initial estimates suggested the MV Nyerere was carrying as many as 300 people, while only 100 were allowed, when it capsized near the dock in Ukerewe, Lake Victoria’s largest island.
Another official was quoted that the number of people on board the overcrowded ferry was probably 500. Also considerable loads of cement, grain and equipment were stowed on deck. The total comes to about 40 tons. You just have to set off a firecracker and the end is near. What a waste and so unnecessary.