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New Ferry To Boost Island Shipping

The brand-new Tokelau ferry MV Mataliki snuck quietly into Apia port, awaited by staff of the Tokelau Transport and Support Services (TSS) Department. The new ferry is deemed to boost
10 Feb 2016 10:06
New Ferry To Boost Island Shipping

The brand-new Tokelau ferry MV Mataliki snuck quietly into Apia port, awaited by staff of the Tokelau Transport and Support Services (TSS) Department. The new ferry is deemed to boost sea transportation in the Pacific islands.

The ship was designed in London and built in Bangladesh at a total cost of over NZ$12 million, funded by the New Zealand government.

The MV Mataliki was decked out in international signal flags for numbers and the letters of the alphabet.

This ship is equipped with the most modern satellite navigation and communications technology – there’s even WiFi on board for its crew and passengers, so has been promised.

“It’s a dream come true for Tokelau”, TSS director Asofa Fereti said

“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time; let’s hope the vessel proves worth the wait.”

The new Tokelau ferry replaces a succession of charters from the Samoa Shipping Corporation: the Fasefulu and Lady Naomi have been supplementing trips by the PV Matua which has been doing regular, approximate fortnightly trips for several years until its engine broke down in July last year.

The MV Mataliki  is capable of transporting up to 60 international passengers at a time, and a relatively small amount of cargo for the three Tokelau atolls Atafu, Nukunonu and Fakaofo.

It can carry up to 120 passengers between the atolls.



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