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Passenger Safety, A Priority

Passenger safety at two major jetties in the northern division is the top priority for Fiji Roads Authority and the inter-island ferry operators. One northern ferry service operator, Captain Soniya
02 Mar 2016 12:23
Passenger Safety, A Priority
Nabouwalu jetty completed yesterday in Bua.

Passenger safety at two major jetties in the northern division is the top priority for Fiji Roads Authority and the inter-island ferry operators.

One northern ferry service operator, Captain Soniya Thakur, whose owns the MV Taveuni Princess, has ceased normal operations. This after her vessel was damaged during the Tropical Cyclone Winston last weekend at Taveuni.

Mrs Thakur said the ferry will not be serving Taveuni passengers for the next three months.

“Even if the  cyclone had affected business in terms of profit, I got calls from passengers when I cancelled the trips, but they understood the ferry situation after I had explained to them.”

Mrs Thakur said the ferry was completely damaged during the heavy rain and strong winds.

However, for her money was not a priority and cannot be compromised when it comes to safety of the crew and travelling public.

She noted Natuvu jetty was not completely damaged, compared to the two main jetties – Nabouwalu and Savusavu.

“For the past 20 years, we had many competitors that came in to service the route, but we’ve managed to survive.

Mrs Thakur said safety on the two jetties have to be monitored by the FRA, especially fully loaded trucks.

She said safety is a priority and the weather bulletins are fully respected, especially during this cyclone season.

“Captains or ships monitor weather of all voyages and during voyages and are empowered to act so as to ensure the safety of their passengers.”

Mrs Thakur added that voyages will be cancelled and the weather deteriorates or if during the voyage the captain takes whatever precautionary measures to safeguard the passengers and vessel.

Meanwhile, FRA workers are current attending to the two smaller jetties in Taveuni.

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