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Ferry Owner Takes First Step

The management of inter- island ferry MV Taveuni Princess has taken the initiative in fixing the Natuvu jetty in Cakaudrove. This was done for the safety of the people that
23 Dec 2015 10:30
Ferry Owner Takes First Step
Taveuni Princess on the way to Taveuni Island.

The management of inter- island ferry MV Taveuni Princess has taken the initiative in fixing the Natuvu jetty in Cakaudrove. This was done for the safety of the people that use the jetty to travel across to Taveuni.

Ferry managing director Captain Soniya Thakur said they have been using the jetty for the past 15 years.

“Large vessels and fibre boats also use the jetty and at times damage it however we carry out maintenance works every two to three months,” Mrs Thakur said.

“The maintenance works would cost between $5000 to $7000 and that is to replace the old timbers and fix those large gaps on it as we try our best for the safety of our passengers.”

Mrs Thakur added that she had met with another ferry owner Latchman Prasad and discussed on how they could share the cost of the maintenance work.

“It’s so expensive and we have to miss a day’s business to fix the jetty but we do not have much choice since we are using it daily and we don’t want our passengers to get hurt,” she said.

“Fixing the jetty helps business run smoothly and passenger safety is a must especially for patients who travel from Taveuni hospital on a daily basis to the Natuvu Creek Mission Clinic or even to the Savusavu Hospital.”

She added that they are going to look for assistance as they want improvement works done on the jetty by next year.

“Compared to the Taveuni jetty which was built by the Korean Embassy, the Natuvu jetty till has a long way to go in terms of development and safety standards, however we are thankful that we are still continuing our operations.”

Mrs Thakur added that they would also seek the assistance of the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF).

 



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