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Franchise Scheme Reduced To Eight Routes

The Government Shipping Franchise scheme has now been reduced to eight routes. This was confirmed by the Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport Commander Francis Kean. “The previous government shipping
15 Apr 2015 08:53
Franchise Scheme Reduced To Eight Routes
South Island Shipping Limited’s vessel MV Liahona

The Government Shipping Franchise scheme has now been reduced to eight routes. This was confirmed by the Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport Commander Francis Kean.

“The previous government shipping franchise scheme consisted of ten routes,” he said.

Mr Kean said this has been reduced to 8 routes by merging the Lomaiviti routes 1 and 2 to only one route along with Northern Lau routes 1 and 2 to also one route.

However, he says, they have added one new route to the franchise scheme to service the Northern Division.

“Therefore, the total route under the scheme is now 9. For five routes we have increased the frequency of service from one trip per month to twice per month. These routes are Northern Lau, Lomaiviti, Kadavu, Upper Southern Lau and Yasayasa Moala. The other four routes will continue on a monthly service.”

Mr Kean said six routes were recently awarded to successful companies to service for the next two years.

“This includes the Lomaiviti, Lower Southern Lau, Northern Lau, Kadavu, Rotuma and Macuata/Cikobia Routes. These changes were part of the 2013/14 Review of the Government Shipping Franchise Scheme conducted by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport together with the Fiji Commerce Commission.”

He pointed out a nationwide consultation was conducted inclusive of maritime stakeholders. This Review Report was also approved by Cabinet

 

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