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Cheap Fares Now A Concern To Grace Shipping

Cheap Fares Now A Concern To Grace Shipping
Grace Shipping & Landlords managing director and boat captain Sonia Thakur.
May 17
11:00 2017

 

The cheap fare from Taveuni to Natuvu is now a concern to Grace Shipping & Landlords.

Speaking to the Fiji Sun managing director and boat captain Sonia Thakur said that back in the 80’s her father started his bus service to cater for passengers from Taveuni to Natuvu jetty and then to Savusavu and Labasa. “The fares were $18 for adults and $15 for students,” she said.

According to Captain Thakur her dad started with a mini bus but now big buses are used with only $15 fare.

She said their fares were Taveuni jetty to Natuvu – $15, Taveuni to Savusavu – $25 (with direct bus) and Taveuni to Labasa – $35 (with direct bus).

According to Captain Thakur the fares were as low as $3 to $5.

“So where will our vessel the Taveuni Princess go? We can’t be catering for free or paying from my pocket,” she said.

Currently the route is serviced by Goundar Shipping Limited (GCL) vessel the Lomaiviti Princess IV and Suncity.

She suspects the two companies are trying to shut them down.

Managing director GCL George Goundar when asked to comment said – “What is the issue if she is complaining, please check January 11/2017 shipping news  (Grace Shipping ready for Competition)  Goundar Shipping is trying to improve shipping service. We do not believe in competition only but improving people day to day travel experience and service. We listen to our customer and try our best to provide a better service.”

The owner of Suncity from Valesea Village near Natuvu could not be reached for a comment.

Captain Thakur admitted that the owners of the two companies were rich and it was hard for her company to compete with them.

According to Capt Thakur her dad is one of the pioneers who started this route and bus, did not expect this and through his 55 years of service this was the first time he found this type businessman.

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