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MV Lomaiviti Princess V Forecasts Economic Boom In East, North divisions

MV Lomaiviti Princess V Forecasts Economic Boom In East, North divisions
Seats inside the new MV Lomaiviti Princess V. Photo: Goundar Shipping Limited
November 22
11:00 2017


The arrival of the $2.5m MV Lomaiviti Princess V next week warrants an economic boom and mass return of those in the Eastern and Northern divisions to their villages.

“We are bringing in this big vessel to encourage the islander to return back to the islands, to farm, harvest then bring his produce to the main trading centers. The farmer then re­turns home to expand or improve his farms,” company managing director George Goundar.

“Islanders are stuck in urban areas because of inconsistent inter-island shipping and unreliable services in the sense that the vessels are always full,” he said.

“Once they are stranded, they look for casual work and become social issues to Government in the urban centers.

“Reliable and spacious inter-island shipping service can curb urban drift, upgrade villagers and expand economical activities.”

The $2.5m MV Lomaiviti Princess V has the capacity to carry 1500 pas­sengers and is expected to be in the Fiji Waters on Monday.

MV Lomaiviti Princess V will pro­vide employment to 50 crew members adding to the company’s current 210 employees.

The vessel is expected to go past Hawaii on Friday night travelling at 14 knots to arrive in Suva next Wednesday.

By Wednesday the MV Lomaiviti Princess V should in the Suva Harbour. It leaves for its maiden voyage on December 11 from Suva to Savusavu, Labasa and Taveuni.

Mr Goundar said: “MV Lomaiviti Princess V would also be making two trips to Kadavu every week”.

“I have had people coming to me frustrated with the unavailability of space on inter-island vessels during peak periods,” he said.

“The facilities on board MV Lomaiviti Princess V are like those in a hotel. Passengers need to get used to the automatic water supply like they have in airport washrooms where you wave your hand under the taps to get water.

“All we are requesting that the trav­elling public don’t vandalise the ves­sel. On board MV Lomaiviti Princess V is a five-star restaurant, a play area for children, first class seating and full medical facility.

“We have a responsibility to provide a safe and comfortable service to our travelling public,” he said.

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