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Vessel Set For International Route

The MV Nivaga III is capable to sail to other countries as well. That was the assurance from the Ambassador of Japan to Fiji, Takuji Hanatani. Mr Hanatani said this
03 Feb 2016 08:30
Vessel Set For International Route
Japan Ambassador to Fiji Takuji Hanatani (left),

The MV Nivaga III is capable to sail to other countries as well. That was the assurance from the Ambassador of Japan to Fiji, Takuji Hanatani.

Mr Hanatani said this is because the vessel has modern features and advanced technology.

“It is suitable not only for inter-island shipping in Tuvalu but also capable for sailing to other countries,” he said.

Speaking during the commemoration of the maiden voyage of MV Nivaga III to Fiji last week, he said, Pacific island countries, just like Japan, are great seafaring nations.

“Our ancestors have sailed across the Pacific throughout the ages. As such, this occasion is not just a matter of practicality but also significant as a proud Pacific tradition. This is something that all Pacific cultures identify with respectfully.

Mr Hanatani had handed over the vessel to the Government of Tuvalu in December, last year.

“I am very pleased to see that MV Nivaga III is delivering practical results in serving the people of Tuvalu.”

He reiterated that the onus is now on the Government and people of Tuvalu to provide care and maintenance in order to ensure the safety and longevity of MV Nivaga III.

“It gives me great pleasure to say during its entire lifetime MV Nivaga III will continue to sail the seas as a ‘ship of friendship’ signifying the close relations between the people and governments of Japan and Tuvalu,” he added.

 

BACKGROUND

This project is implemented under the Japan’s Grant Aid Programme.

The main aim of this project is to enhance in-island shipping in Tuvalu as a major component of the overall development of the country.  There are nine main atolls in Tuvalu but there is no domestic airline for inter-island routes. Sea transport is therefore very important for Tuvalu.

Based on such importance, Japan built the new cargo/passenger vessel to improve access not only to islands within Tuvalu but also for calling ports internationally.



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