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Aids To Navigation, Hospital Ship Built In Indonesia: Tunidau

Aids To Navigation, Hospital Ship Built In Indonesia: Tunidau
From left: Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala, FNU acting dean College of Engineering Salabogi Mavoa, Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni, Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji chief executive officer John Tunidau, Fiji Bus Operators Association president Richard Lal and Shadow Minister Transport and Infrastructure Aseri Radrodro during the Parliament Speaker’s Debate in Suva. Photo: Monica Aguilar
October 11
11:26 2017

A new-multi purposed ship is currently being built in Indonesia as an aid to navigation and hospital ship, it has been revealed.

Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji chief executive officer, John Tunidau, said this is part of Government’s investment towards the local shipping industry.

He made the revelation during the Parliament Speaker’s Debate in Suva last week.

Government, he said has been procuring new ships for the past 10 years which are compliant with the latest maritime and marine environment protection laws setting the standards for the private shipping sector.

“A total of five new ships have been procured to replace the aging fleet and another new multi purposed ship is currently in construction in Indonesia as an aids to navigation and hospital ship.

“This newly built ship will ensure timely construction and rehabilitation of Aids to Navigations in Fiji waters and ultimately safety of navigation,” Mr Tunidau said.

He said the mobile hospital facility will be equipped with the latest medical equipment and will carry qualified medical practitioners who will ensure that critical medical services are readily accessible to people in the outer islands who are in need of these health services.

He also reiterated Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s opening address during the qaloqalovi of the new GSS ship MV Cagivou in 2015.

“…the PM stated that the reason for Government procuring these news ships was to ensure that the same services and privileges that we in the urban area enjoy should be enjoyed by our people who leave in the outer islands of Fiji – an honourable and esteemed intention indeed,” Mr Tunidau said.

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