Shipping Company Ready To Cater For The Demand For Lower Southern Lau
A local shipping company South Island Shipping Services (SISS) is ready to cater for the demand from the remote islands in the Lower Southern Lau group.
SISS operation manager, Ben Cavu ,says islands in the Lower Southern Lau include Kabara,Ogea, Fulaga, Vatoa and Ono-i-Lau.
The people on these islands raised this issue during the company franchise trip last month.
The Fiji Sun was also on this franchise trip and the people told the reporter Lusiana Tuimaisala that their only mode of transport was the MV Liahona I.
They told the SUN Shipping that they were requesting Government if this vessel was given another franchise trip so that it made two trips in a month. The Lower Southern Lau is only served by SISS, and Mr Cavu has confirmed if given another franchise trip they will make it.
“We’re only servicing them once a month.”
In these islands they have lots of products to sell in Suva and these include; tanoa, magimagi, mats,copra, broom etc.
These products are loaded in the ship for their customers who will unload them in Suva.
Mr Cavu said their service to these islands to increase twice a month would depend on the Ministry of Transport (MOIT).
For SISS, Mr Cavu said they were ready to cater for the demand for these remote islands , if approved by the MOIT.