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Tagivetawa Shares Good Times On Island Hopper, Vunilagi

Tagivetawa Shares Good Times On Island Hopper, Vunilagi
Vunilagi barge at Port Mua-i-Walu May 8, 2018.
May 16
15:55 2018


Landing craft (MLC) Vunilagi, most times is  used for island hopping.

The  landing craft usually docks at Mua-i-walu Port in Walu Bay on call for urgent Government services.

The 45.5 meter landing craft has a capacity to carry 30 passengers, has on board dedicated freezers for frozen goods and can transport heavy goods quickly and frequently to  and from the main land.

The new vessel was bought by Government from Malaysia at a cost of $2.4 million in designed to keep cargo freight and passenger fare affordable.

Deck watch Mosese Tagivetawa from Cakaudrove said there are 11 crew members enjoy working for the vessel.

“We love it here. It is much better than working in other shipping companies from our past experiences because the working conditions are very good,” Mr Tagivetawa said.

“This 45.5 metre landing craft is ideal for Fiji’s needs – with its dedicated freezers and ability to transport heavy goods and bring the produce of maritime communities quickly and efficiently to markets onto the mainland,” he said.

“Fish, seaweed, copra, coconut oil, pine wood timber – all the things that maritime communities rely on to earn an income.

“To the delivery crew of eleven, under the command of Captain Pauliasi Vakaloloma, we made a 5000 nautical mile journey from Sibu to Suva in 23 days.”

The vessel made its maiden franchise route to Yasawa, Yasawa-i-rara, Bukama, Navotua, Nacula, Naisili, Viwa and Waya.

“We take trips to Rotuma, Lau, Gau, mostly inter-island trips. I enjoy working for this landing craft because we get to meet new people and make new friends along the way,” he said.


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