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Additional Trips For MV Lady Sandy

Seaview Shipping Company’s MV Lady Sandy has added two extra trips to its schedule due to demands from the islands. The boat will arrive at Lakeba in Lau tomorrow and
12 Nov 2014 14:47
Additional Trips For MV Lady Sandy

Seaview Shipping Company’s MV Lady Sandy has added two extra trips to its schedule due to demands from the islands.
The boat will arrive at Lakeba in Lau tomorrow and will later sail to Rotuma next week.

Both trips are to transport students to Viti Levu as requested by the school management.
Students from Rotuma will be travelling to Suva to participate in the Chow Games schedule for November 21-22 while those from

Ratu Mara College in Lakeba will be here for a round the island trip on Viti Levu.
Company chief executive officer, Durga Prasad was not available for comments yesterday as he is in Lau.

However, company executive Arti Chand confirmed that both trips were considered following consultations with the Ministry of Transport.

“The boat is currently in Matuku (yesterday) after visiting Totoya and Moala under the government franchise scheme,” Ms Chand said.

“She will leave for Lakeba from Matuku in order to bring those students across to Viti Levu. Lakeba has been added to the schedule in order to meet the request made by the school principal.

“That is the very reason why our CEO decided to go on the trip so that he could see to himself that these students, teachers and a few parents are able to make it on time as requested.”

A total of 51 people will be transported from Lakeba tomorrow while 50 people are also expected to come from Rotuma.
“Those from Rotuma will also include normal passengers,” Ms Chand said.

The MV Lady Sandy has the contract to service Rotuma from the government under the franchise scheme. However, the will be taking an early trip in order to assist the Rotuma students who wish to be in Suva for the Chow Games before November 20.

“We are glad that the Ministry of Transport has agreed to fund this trip even though it will be early as schedule,” Ms Chand said.
“This will also be a great opportunity for the people on the island who wish to spend more time with families on Viti Levu to come early.”

“The boat will arrive from Lakeba on Friday and we are planning to leave for Rotuma on Monday if the weather permits.”
Ms Chand reiterated that the company is there for the people and that is their priority all the time.

Seaview Company Limited will soon have two boats added to their fleet.
One, a Roll on –Roll Off ferry, is already in the country awaiting clearance from the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) while the second one, a brand new one built in Australia, is expected to arrive at the end of the year.

The RoRo vessel can carry a load of 150 passengers and 400 tonnes of cargoes. It is 15 years old and was acquired from Australia for half a million dollars.

The brand new vessel, however, is being built at a cost of approximately $11.8 million (A$7m).

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