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Moroivalu Calls For Partnership

Newly- appointed Commissioner Eastern Luke Moroivalu believes having public private partnership is a solution to transportation problem currently faced by the maritime islands. He said having a partnership with boat
14 Jan 2015 07:35
Moroivalu Calls For Partnership
Lomaiviti-Princess and MV Liahona

Newly- appointed Commissioner Eastern Luke Moroivalu believes having public private partnership is a solution to transportation problem currently faced by the maritime islands.

He said having a partnership with boat owners for a planned shipping system for the Eastern division along with the assistance of Government vessels is the way to go.

“Working together could address the issue,” Mr Moroivalu said last week.

He said this has been an ongoing problem faced by the islands and he immediately plans to improve shipping services to islands within the Eastern division.

Those who are often troubled by these are from the Lau Group especially when the routes are deemed uneconomically viable.

As for Kadavu, the people are serviced on a weekly basis by MV Lomaiviti Princess and MV Sinu-i-wasa with brief stopovers at Vunisea and Kavala. The MV Uluinabukelevu on the other hand travels to Nabukelevu and villages in the Babaceva of Kadavu, which are not visited by the two ferries.

Lau, however, is grouped in two five. Yasayasa Moala, Northern Lau 1 (Cicia/Vanuabalavu), Northern Lau 2 which includes Nayau, Tuvuca, Lakena, Oneata and the Southern Lau Group are also divided into two– upper and lower southern Lau.

All these islands are visited once a month and shipping companies are financed under Government‘s franchise scheme.

Vessels that frequent the islands include the MV Liahona, MV Lady Sandy and the MV Lomaiviti Princess.

Mr Moroivalu added that despite the many challenges, he is confident that they could find an amicable solution to transportation system.

 

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