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MV Nabukelevu’s Last August Franchise Trip

The Valesasa Transport Company Limited vessel MV Nabukelevu went on its last franchise trip for this month to Kadavu on August 21. Company chief executive officer Iliatia Caginavanua told the
23 Aug 2017 11:00
MV Nabukelevu’s Last August Franchise Trip
MV Brianna berth at Port Mua-i-Walu, Suva. Photo: Taraivini Seru

The Valesasa Transport Company Limited vessel MV Nabukelevu went on its last franchise trip for this month to Kadavu on August 21.

Company chief executive officer Iliatia Caginavanua told the Fiji Sun the ship went to Dravuni, Naqara, Bulia, Matasawalevu, Nukuvou, Vacalea, Lavindi, Kadavu Koro, Soso, Dravuwalu, Muani, Levuka and Daviqele.

Mr Caginavanua said their last franchise trip to these islands was on August 08.

He said the people from these villages living in Viti Levu were making use of the trip well.

The franchise trip he said had really helped them in their door to door service policy.

According to Mr Caginavanua before the franchise service shipping service to the islands were infrequent and unreliable.

He said there was another company that serviced Kadavu but their ship jest berthed at the Tavuki jetty.

Passengers he said had to hire a vehicle or an outboard to reach his or her village. “The fare is usually higher that the boat fare from Suva to Kadavu,” he said.

He said they were providing services to villages far away from Tavuki and Kavala jetty.

Mr Caginavanua said with the franchise they had to serve these islands even though the route was uneconomical and less cargo and passengers.

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

Government had allocated in the 2013 Budget is $1.5M and Cabinet had decided 23 of Jan 2013 – the

Administration of the Franchise Scheme be transferred to the Ministry of Works, Transport and Public Utilities.




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