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Shipping Company Waits Franchise Outcome

The management of Seaview Shipping Limited has high hopes that it will continue with the routes it is servicing under the Government Franchise Scheme. All shipping companies are eagerly awaiting
18 Mar 2015 07:45
Shipping Company Waits Franchise Outcome
MV Lady Sandy continues to service Lau routes.

The management of Seaview Shipping Limited has high hopes that it will continue with the routes it is servicing under the Government Franchise Scheme.

All shipping companies are eagerly awaiting words from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport on the outcome of their tender application.

Seaview director Durga Prasad said yesterday they are continuing their services to the Yasayasa Moala and Upper Southern Lau through their vessel MV Lady Sandy.

He said they were awarded the tender for the two routes in 2013 and have been consistent with their service since then.

Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport, Commander Francis Kean while making his submission to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Natural Resources on Monday said that they have reduced the routes under the scheme from 10 to nine.

This was done following a review which will see government ships servicing five routes on a fortnightly basis.

He said because of the shortage of ships servicing the uneconomical routes, Government had put in place tax incentives to attract and lure shipping operators to also operate on these routes.

Seaview Shipping, meanwhile, is expected to bring in their new catamaran vessel from Australia soon.

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