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Cavu Denies Report

The operations manager South Island Shipping Services, Mr Ben Cavu has denied a report from Ono-i-lau that was discussed at the Lau Provincial Council meeting in Suva last week at
19 Oct 2016 11:00
Cavu Denies Report

The operations manager South Island Shipping Services, Mr Ben Cavu has denied a report from Ono-i-lau that was discussed at the Lau Provincial Council meeting in Suva last week at the Studio 6 Hotel, Suva.

According to the Roko Tui Lau, Ratu Paula Delaivuna a report from Ono-i-lau at the meeting said that the South Island Shipping owned Liahona on its franchise trip to Ono-i-lau usually engaged in fishing activities.

The report also said when passengers loaded their cargoes the vessel was already full.

Mr Cavu said for this franchise run, the MV Liahona served the islands of Kabara, Fulaga, Ogea and  Vatoa.

“Under the franchise scheme, we cannot be engaged in any other business as claimed by the report from Ono-i-lau,” he said.

He said – It’s just unfortunate for them in Ono that the vessel on the Lower Southern Lau run starts off at Kabara going to 3 other islands before reaching Ono.”

The company operations manager said most of the vessels freezers were full when the vessel reached Ono i Lau.

On claims that they were engaged in fishing activities he said – “We do not engage in fishing activities as we are not a fishing vessel the MV Liahona is a passenger and cargo vessel.

He said their next Lower Southern Lau trip would be on Thursday and they would start from Ono.

“We will increase our frozen storage capacity to try and cater for all the islands.”

He said servicing the people of the five islands he said was tough especially when they had different needs.

“We listen to what they want and help them.”

Mr Cavu said the people of Ono-i-lau should be thankful that the MV Liahona was servicing them.

Meanwhile the shipping franchise scheme is a shipping assistance provided by Government for shipping services in uneconomical shipping routes in the Maritime province.

Government in 2013 allocated $1.5 million for the scheme.

In January 2013 Cabinet approved that the administration of the Franchise Scheme be transferred to the Ministry of Works, Transport and Public Utilities.

Under the scheme all companies serving the route are required to make one trip a month for a maximum of three routes per vessel per month.

Mr Cavu has also denied a report in the social media that the MV Liahona damaged the jetty at Nawaikama in Gau.

The jetty he said was in a poor condition and needed repair.



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