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Moamoa Ready to Return to Kiribati

  Kiribati vessel MV Moamoa returns to Tarawa on Friday after undergoing repairs at the Industrial and Marine Engineering Limited (IMEL). The 608-tonne vessel has been drydocked the past four
28 Feb 2018 14:15
Moamoa Ready to Return to Kiribati
MV Moamoa

 

Kiribati vessel MV Moamoa returns to Tarawa on Friday after undergoing repairs at the Industrial and Marine Engineering Limited (IMEL).

The 608-tonne vessel has been drydocked the past four months at Walu Bay in Suva for repairing works. IMEL operations manager Inoke Seru said the hulk and deck plates had been repaired during dry-docking and the generators were being repaired.

“The owners of the MV Moamoa, Central Pacific Producers Limited (CPPL) intend to sail by Friday and we’re working on the generators to get them ready by then,” Mr Seru said.

CPPL chief executive Temarewe  Maitinnara told Radio Kiribati  last week that the MV Moamoa was undergoing repair and maintenance work in compliance with maritime safety regulations to obtain seaworthiness.

Ms Maitinnara said since such services were not available in their country MV Moamoa had to leave for Fiji last year to undergo major repair works with IMEL in Suva.

MV Moamoa began its operations in Kiribati in 1985.

The return of the vessel will alleviate transport problems in the islands of Kiribati after the sinking of the 18-metre catamaran MV Butiraoi last month which saw the death of about 90 passengers.

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