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Plan For Shuttle Services To Islands

Seaview Shipping Limited is expected to take shipping to outer islands to a whole new level with the expected arrival from Australia of its newly built boat- a Fantome Cat.
14 Jan 2015 07:42
Plan For Shuttle Services To Islands
Durga Prasad

Seaview Shipping Limited is expected to take shipping to outer islands to a whole new level with the expected arrival from Australia of its newly built boat- a Fantome Cat.

Company managing director Durga Prasad confirmed yesterday that the new boat should be in the country by the end of February following trial runs and finalisation of documentations.

He said the new vessel would be providing shuttle services to Lakeba, Savusavu and Taveuni – the first of its kind to the maritime islands.

“The vessel will leave Suva in the morning and arrive in the islands in the afternoon, stopover for a night and return in the morning and should be in Suva again in the afternoon,” Mr Prasad said.

“This vessel is suitable for this service because it is of high quality and the design itself can cater for such quick trips as she will be travelling at around 20 to 25 knots per hour.”

The newly built boat from Queensland was to have arrived in the country late last year but because of the company’s busy schedule during the festive season, her arrival had been delayed.

“We had a very tight schedule with our boat, the MV Lady Sandy servicing various islands in Lau and also Rotuma and I had no time to go and get the boat to Fiji,” Mr Prasad said.

The MV Lady Sandy just recently left for her second trip to upper Southern Lau and has two more trips to Yasayasa Moala and Rotuma for this month.

“I will leave on January 27 when the boat returns from Rotuma. Business will again get to normal around that time,” he said.

“In Queensland, the vessel will go on her trial run, we will finalise the documentations and within two weeks, she should be leaving Australia for Fiji.”

Mr Prasad added that his company is investing approximately $11.6 million (A$7million) into buying the vessel.

 

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