MB Mobeka

A river tug for local traders on the upper Congo River

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a river tug for passengers

On the upper congo River

THE INITIATIVE

The MB Mobeka consists of a small truckable pushboat (250bhp) and a 19 m long barge. The barge has an iron hull, and its superstructure will soon (January 2024) be crafted of local redwood (liyolo) by Didier Bosoye, who is one of the most gifted local baleinière craftsmen on the Upper Congo River. The MB Mobeka will operate on the axis Kisangani – Basoko (210km). It serves the purpose of action research in a double sense: it serves as a platform for research into Congo’s real mobilities (transport geography, technical culture, vernacular logistics and multi-modality, etc.), whereas the benefits the action generates enable us to widen the action itself, on the one hand, and to encourage research into mobility-related questions, on the other.

 

The construction of the wooden superstructure of our barge has been successfully completed by the local baleinière-builder Didier Somboye. We are now able to carry up to 150 passengers with their goods and offer two cabins to the crew  

=> We are currently seeking support to buy fuel for our first journey 

PLEASE SUPPORT US! (SEE CONTACT DETAILS IN THE FOOTER OF THIS PAGE).

babomaka nguma na nzete ya musika te
one does not kill a snake with a stick that is far away
Mayala Louis
Mechanic