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New Shipping Franchise For The Lau Group

Government has made a critical commitment to improve shipping services to maritime islands and invest more in the maritime region. This was highlighted by the Divisional Commissioner Eastern Luke Moroivalu
18 Apr 2015 11:59
New Shipping Franchise For The Lau Group

Government has made a critical commitment to improve shipping services to maritime islands and invest more in the maritime region.

This was highlighted by the Divisional Commissioner Eastern Luke Moroivalu as he responded to concerns raised by villagers of Lomaloma on Vanua Balavu relating to what they called inconsistent shipping services.

During informal talks with the villagers, Mr Moroivalu clarified that the delay in shipping services to the island was because the shipping franchise tender had expired with the current provider.

“We have confirmation from the Permanent Secretary for Works, Frances Kean, that the tender has been given to Gounder Shipping Services and Sea Rakino,” Mr Moroivalu said.

“Government has provided an increased allocation of $2.4million for the shipping franchise scheme. The increase will cater for increased frequency of services to remote and uneconomical shipping routes subsidised by Government,” he said.

72-year-old Pajiliai Veilomani of Susui Village thanked Government for the prompt response in assigning a ship to bring supplies to the island.

“We had to wait for more than a month before we received normal supplies at Vanua Balavu,” Mr Veilomani said.

Merewalesi Kacilala of Daliconi Village thanked Government for their commitment in providing better services to people living in remote rural islands.

“We hope that the new shipping franchise will be consistent because most of us rely on the goods that are being sold in the shops,” she said.

 




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