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Ship Operator Wants Jetties Upgraded

A prominent shipping company is requesting Government to look at upgrading two jetties in the Northern Division. Goundar Shipping Limited made this request based on plans to increase trips to
07 Sep 2016 10:59
Ship Operator Wants Jetties Upgraded
Goundar Shipping Limited’s ferry; MV Lomaiviti Princess.

A prominent shipping company is requesting Government to look at upgrading two jetties in the Northern Division.

Goundar Shipping Limited made this request based on plans to increase trips to Vanua Levu, including a weekly trip to Rabi.

The two jetties are Natuvu and Lovonivonu in Taveuni.

GSL managing director and owner George Goundar confirmed that more people are travelling in and out of Taveuni.

He said because they will be based in Taveuni, they can easily service Rabi.

The Natuvu and Lovonivonu jetties were damaged during Tropical Cyclone Winston early this year.

Mr Goundar hopes that this can be done before the end of the year when travelling is at its peak.

Commissioner Northern Joseva Vocea said only smaller vessels were using the jetties at the moment.

“If GSL wants to provide services to these two areas, they must request the government to upgrade the jetties so that it can also accommodate bigger vessels,” Mr Vocea said.

When contacted, Fiji Roads Authority confirmed that these two jetties will not be upgraded in the 2016 and 2017 Financial Year.

FRA communication officer Zafiya Shamim said the FRA is however considering options of improving maritime travel in these areas.

These include the option of an alternative site for a new jetty that could cater for bigger boats.

Ms Shamim said the current jetty head is not suitable for the Roll on Roll off (RORO) vessels that the like of GSL operates.

The current jetty is suitable only for small outboard motors, Government landing crafts and small vessels.

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