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Additional Trip For Rotuma

Members of the public travelling to Rotuma have something to be thankful for with another additional monthly service to the island. With agricultural trade between the island and Tuvalu set
20 May 2015 09:08
Additional Trip For Rotuma
MV Manufolau (left), and MV Nivaga II.

Members of the public travelling to Rotuma have something to be thankful for with another additional monthly service to the island.

With agricultural trade between the island and Tuvalu set to begin at the end of this month, those who wish to travel to Rotuma can also benefit from this.

Trade Pacific Shipping Agency Limited will be providing the monthly service through their vessels MV Manufolau and MV Nivaga II. General Manager Sam Narayan said the vessel will first depart Suva for Rotuma, transporting passengers and cargoes before heading to Tuvalu.

“We will offload passengers in Rotuma and will load root crops for trade before leaving for Tuvalu. From Tuvalu, the ship will head back to Suva,” Mr Narayan said.

He said the first trip to Rotuma is scheduled for May 27 and passengers are requested to board an hour before departure.

“Passengers must only bring their luggage which includes clothes and some personal stuff as cargoes cannot be accommodated onboard,” Mr Narayan said.

Adults are to pay $180 which will include meals and $150 if they are providing for their meals. As for children, $90 is to be paid if you are to include your meals and $75 without meals included.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from their office at 26 Retriever Road, Rokobili Subdivision in Walu Bay.

During the Rotuma Day celebration last week, Assistance Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and National Disaster Management, Joeli Cawaki said ship will be an addition to government ships servicing the island – MV Sigavou and MV Vunilagi.

He said the new ships acquired by the Government Shipping Services to service Rotuma was a cornerstone of plans to get produce destined to the  Fijian mainland and markets faster.

“These new ships are not only providing a better travel experience for passengers, but also have freezers to keep produce in good condition,” Mr Cawaki said.

He said the ships had the ability to ferry more supplies like building materials and equipment to Rotuma which could help islanders build new, strong and better homes.

“Therefore they are playing a vital role in our overall plan to improve infrastructure on islands like Rotuma,” Mr Cawaki said.

Goundar Shipping Service is also providing a monthly service to the island under the Government Franchise Scheme.

 

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