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Princess Moana Brings New Wave Of Assurance

Princess Moana  Brings New Wave  Of Assurance
Princess Moana on her way to the Savusavu Wharf. Photos: Nacanieli Tuilevuka.
January 03
11:00 2018

The new Princess Moana brought with her a new wave of assurance as she finally docked at the Savusavu Wharf last Friday.

Her state of art facilities guarantees comfort travel to its customers; the provision of job opportunities to 30 people will have rippling effects to the majority in the Northern Division.

Princess Moana’s arrival and service play a hand to the economic boom complimenting the Look North government plan.

It was an early New Year’s celebration at the sleepy Savusavu town when its citizens cheered as Princess Moana received a traditional welcome by the people of Cakaudrove and the Gone Turaga na Tui Cakau, Ratu  Naiqama Lalabalavu.

The young princess was a dream come true to two of Cakaudrove’s sons Panapasa Vonokula and Ross Miller .

MSL is owned by Mr Miller and his wife. Mr Vonokula is one of the directors.

The former sea captains designed the vessel and had it built in Indonesia. It has the capacity to carry 350 passengers.

The brand new facilities include restaurants, private rooms and first class service.

“For the travelling in public, there has been an outcry especially for this festive season, with the overcrowding and overloading; we have responded to that,” Mr Vonokula said.

“As far as I know, shipping is better now than it was seven years ago,” he said.

“Since we are both sea captains, we planned and drew the vessel for the company overseas that built it.

“This new vessel services is meticulously designed to ensure convenience, comfort and safety for our inter island travelling passengers, the staff are trained to deliver the services that exceed customer expectations as our shipping company slogan goes: “We live it, you’ll love it, be part of us,” which means the vessel is for the people.”

“We aim to provide the best customer services at its best to make you feel welcomed and be a part of the ‘family,’ as you travel with us,” he added.

The $4 million vessel is named after Mr Miller’s four-year-old daughter, Moana.

“His (Ross) wife is from the Cook Islands, Moana means water. Her name is also because her father is a sea captain. We thought of naming our vessel Moana but when we went to register the vessel, the name Moana had been registered to a ship, so I added Princess,” he said.

He said the company is expecting hurdles along the way and the success of the shipping services needs the support of the people.

“I know owning a shipping company is not easy and we will be faced with struggles and difficulties, however, we will work as a team to overcome the challenges ahead of us,” he said.

“We hope to lift the standard of ferry services to a higher level and success of this new shipping venture very much needs your support.”

He also highlighted that the vessel will boost the economy in the North.

“Our new vessel is providing job opportunities and it will definitely boost the tourism industry and economic activities in the North.”


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