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‘More lighthouses soon’

By MAIKELI SERU Government, through the Ministry of Works, is building eight more lighthouses around the country to ensure the safety of seafarers. This was confirmed by the Permanent Secretary
02 Oct 2012 08:00

Ministry of Works, Transport and Public Utilities Permanent Secretary Commander (Navy) Francis Kean (front middle), with Navy officers during a special church service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Suva. Photo: RONALD KUMAR

By MAIKELI SERU

Government, through the Ministry of Works, is building eight more lighthouses around the country to ensure the safety of seafarers.
This was confirmed by the Permanent Secretary for Works, Transport and Public Utilities, Commander Francis Kean.
“Government has built six lighthouses in the West and right now we are working on another eight in the seas in Lomaiviti and around the Northern Division,” Commander Kean said.
He said the lighthouses would cost over $600,000.
“Lighthouses are very important to seafarers. They indicate where danger is and where safe water is. They are very important.
“With Fiji being a signatory to the International Maritime Convention, it is important that we ensure that there is safe passage of all types of vessels that transit through Fiji waters.
This includes local vessels,” Commander Kean said.
He said the lighthouses should be ready by December 31.




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