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New Road To Boost Shipping

Gone are the days where ferry passengers would be stranded for days between Dreketi and Nabouwalu in Vanua Levu because of adverse weather  and poor road conditions. The newly-opened 70-kilometre
13 Jan 2016 09:30
New Road To Boost Shipping
MV Spirit of Harmony berths at Nabouwalu Jetty in Bua.

Gone are the days where ferry passengers would be stranded for days between Dreketi and Nabouwalu in Vanua Levu because of adverse weather  and poor road conditions.

The newly-opened 70-kilometre sealed, modern highway on the Nabouwalu-Dreketi road is a major boost to shipping services between the country’s two main islands.

While opening the road, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said, the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA), had replaced 14 bridges as well.

“Bridges that allow this highway to cross waterways and rough terrain,” PM Bainimarama said.

“All had to be replaced to link this road all the way down to the Nabouwalu Jetty.

The bridges were completely re-designed to modern standards and built to last 100 years and withstand flooding.”

He said the sealed roads would cut travel times dramatically and make a whole section of Macuata and Bua provinces more accessible. The road project cost around $228 million.

“The road is an important symbol of Government’s continued commitment to the welfare of the people of the North and a cornerstone to our Look North Policy.

“We have a vision to transform the North, to extend to the people of Vanua Levu the same level of services Fijians enjoy on Viti Levu.”

The Fiji Sea Road daily shipping route  of Nabouwalu- Natovi-Buresala (Levuka) is  currently serviced by Patterson Brothers Shipping Limited, who are using its three ferries- MV Spirit of Harmony, MV Spirit of Love and MV Altruism with connecting bus services to Labasa, Seaqaqa, Suva and Lautoka.

Goundar Shipping Limited managing director George Goundar confirmed last week that their new ferry MV Lomaiviti Princess III is going to service the Nabouwalu- Natovi route from March.

He said they are working around the clock to get everything in order.



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