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MoIT Refurbish Uto Ni Yalo As Part Of Corporate Responsibility

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (MoIT) through the Department of Works has refurbished the Fijian canoe, the “Uto ni Yalo”. Its is part of the minitry’s corporate. Divisional Engineer
03 Aug 2016 10:39
MoIT Refurbish Uto Ni Yalo As  Part Of Corporate Responsibility
Uto ni Yalo at Suva Point. Photo: Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (MoIT) through the Department of Works has refurbished the Fijian canoe, the “Uto ni Yalo”. Its is part of the minitry’s corporate.

Divisional Engineer Works Central/ Eastern, Iliesa Vonu said maintenance works carried out on the canoe by the Ministry’s carpenters included repainting of the canoe’s hull and varnishing of the steering paddle.

Uto ni Yalo’s Trust Secretary, Dwain Qalovaki said that works carried by the MoIT carpenters would ensure that Fiji’s only sustainable transport was able to sail again.

Mr Qalovaki said with skilled carpenters from the ministry, they were able to raise the canoe high enough in order to sand and apply anti fouling to protect the hull before repainting it.

He said works carried out by ministry carpenters enabled the canoe to take its next trip. It is carrying relief supplies, building materials and professionals to some of the worst hit maritime communities post Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“The Fijian canoe, the Uto ni Yalo, was built in 2009 and sails to inspire sustainable sea transportation by rejuvenating traditional boat building, navigation and voyaging.

“Since its inception, the Uto ni Yalo has circumnavigated the world twice, sailing over 60,000 nautical miles calling into over 15 countries as far as the United States of America, Mexico and Papua New Guinea.

“Powered by nature, the 72-foot double hull canoe has a zero carbon footprint by utilizing wind and solar energy.

Meanwhile, the action by the ministry in providing maintenance works for Uto ni Yalo supports Government’s aspirations for the future growth of sustainable sea transportation.

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