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Kean Says Govt Vessels Operating Well

All five of Government Shipping Services vessels are operating confirmed Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure & Transport, Commander Francis Kean. His comments follow public queries and concerns on the state of
20 May 2015 09:13
Kean Says Govt Vessels Operating Well
Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure & Transport_Commander Francis Kean

All five of Government Shipping Services vessels are operating confirmed Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure & Transport, Commander Francis Kean.

His comments follow public queries and concerns on the state of the Government-owned vessels some of which, the allegations reported, had ceased operations due to technical incompetence.

On the contrary, Mr Kean said, that while the reforming of the deparment had been a challenging one, progress was commendable.

The Government-owned vessels have been travelling around islands.

Some of which are operating on Government Shipping Franchise Scheme, while others are taking essential supplies to the islands.

“Operationally, we just had both the MV Sigavou and MV Iloilovatu return from Rotuma,” Commander Kean said.

MV Vunilagi returned on the 8 May after doing a franchise run for the newly-introduced northern franchise route.

“The vessel also spent two weeks assisting the Commissioner Northern’s office in the transportation of building materials to Rabi, Kioa, Kia and other nearby villagers.”

This is part of the TC Tomas rehabilitation program undertaken by the RFMF Engineers, Commander Kean said.

“For MV Vatulawa, as we speak it is in Lakeba on a Ministry of Fisheries and Forestry operational tasking.

The Rogovoka departed over the weekend for the Lau and Lomaiviti Group to assist the Judicial Department in their quarterly court sittings.

“So we have been pretty busy and will continue to be so according to our fleet activity schedule.

There are two conventional general cargo and passenger ships, three landing crafts, one tug and one beacon piling platform.”

“There are no specific routes, we serve the whole of Fiji as and when the arises and also support the Government Shipping Franchise Scheme when the need arises.

“For example, the Rogovoka had to take on the route to Rotuma in April due to the unavailability of the contracted ship; mechanical problems.”

 

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