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Govt. $7.9m Vessel To Be Commissioned By PM

Govt. $7.9m Vessel To Be Commissioned By PM
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
May 30
11:05 2018

The Government Shipping Services will celebrate its recent investment, a $7.9mil­lion multi-purpose vessel which will be commissioned tomor­row by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

The vessel is berthed at Government Shipping Services at Walu Bay in Suva.

The vessel, Veivueti, apart from providing medical services to mar­itime islands, will support people during disaster relief and humani­tarian operations.

Minister for Transport Parveen Kumar said the vessel would be launched and commissioned by Mr Bainimarama.

Mr Bala said the vessel would be looked after by his ministry and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

“I cannot reveal details of the cer­emony and launch,” Mr Bala said.

“The vessel contains a fully oper­ating room and recovery room and can carry up to 40 passengers.

“The new vessel would provide hospital operation services to sup­port people during disaster relief and humanitarian operations,” he said.

“The multi-purpose vessel will provide quick relief response and basic medical services during and aftermath of natural disasters, facilitate medical outreach pro­grammes and or disease outbreaks.

“Lessons learned from the events of natural disasters in the past years have provided an incentive to modernise Fiji’s disaster response capabilities and make disaster re­sponse more proactive rather than reactive.

“Now doctors will be able to con­duct medical check-up at maritime islands.”

The 41 metre long vessel has the capacity of transporting 316 tonnes of water to drought stricken islands and can also cart a maximum of 250 tonnes of general cargo.

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