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Three More Vessels Planned For Yalodu Shipping

The Yalodu Shipping Service is planning expanding their services by later this year. The company is the subsidiary of Coralview Island Resort and operates the vessel MV YII. It handles
22 Jul 2015 10:53
Three More Vessels Planned For Yalodu Shipping
MV YII.

The Yalodu Shipping Service is planning expanding their services by later this year.

The company is the subsidiary of Coralview Island Resort and operates the vessel MV YII.

It handles franchise Shipping for the Yasawa, the Mamanucas, Vomo Island, Matamanoa, Turtle Island, Nabua and Oarsman Bay Lodge.

Director Don Bruce said the demand for their services has been very challenging over the years.

“Back then, I kept changing my boat and now I own a shipping company.

“There are a few more resorts which we deliver supplies to,” Mr Bruce said.

“We are thinking of expanding our services in getting three more boats to service the routes with a lot of demand there.  There has been a lot of stop along the way at villages and resorts.”

The MV YII can carry maximum of 40 passengers and eight tonnes of cargo.

Mr Bruce recounted opening the resort in 1990’s when he operated a five horsepower punt at $10 per person on transfer across to and from Lautoka.

He said this could be 8-12 hours depends on the weather, there was no phone, no communication, and no radio.

“I cover my guests, four guest that was on full booked.

“We can’t travel in the day time or else we get cooked from the sun,” Mr Bruce said.

“We have to go night time, whereas calm or rough but my guests always say that was their shortest  trip for them because they sleep all the way and got up when we are near Lautoka.”

He said he bought the current vessel in 2011 with an investment of $450,000.

The company covers Matamanoa Island on Thursday, Vomo on Friday and Yasawa’s on Saturdays on weekly basis.

 


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