; charset=UTF-8" />

SUNBIZ

Kolitagane To Receive Vessel On Behalf Of Govt

  Acting Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure David Kolitagane is on his way Malaysia to receive the new $7.9 million multi-purpose vessel, on behalf of Government. Mr Kolitagane accompanied by a
25 Apr 2018 10:00
Kolitagane To Receive Vessel On Behalf Of Govt
The newly Malaysian built Government vessel is similar to this one that was built by the same company in Malaysia.

 

Acting Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure David Kolitagane is on his way Malaysia to receive the new $7.9 million multi-purpose vessel, on behalf of Government.

Mr Kolitagane accompanied by a 15 member team from the Ministry of Infrastructure, are expected to bring the 56 passenger vessel next month.

According to Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Praveen Bala said the multi-purpose vessel was designed to provide quick relief response and basic medical services after natural disasters and medical outreach programmes or disease outbreaks.

It will contain a fully equipped operating and recovery room, and can carry up to 40 passengers. It will have the capacity to transport 300 tonnes of water to drought-stricken islands and cart a maximum of 200 tonnes of general cargoes.

Not only would cart relief supplies like general cargoes and water, it will also be used for maintenance and repair works on light houses and beacons i, and would have medical support capability.

The vessel is built under classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK), an independent and non-profitable regulatory body that is empowered to certify ships according to International Maritime Organisation standards.

Mr Bala said the allocation for the purchase of the vessel was made in the 2017-2018 National Budget.

“It is important for the Government to provide regular outreach programmes and respond to natural disasters in the mari¬time islands. The demand for medical services led to the need for the Government to modernise its response capabilities to be more proactive,” Mr Bala said.

“Through its foresight the Gov¬ernment approved the construc¬tion of its first multipurpose ves¬sel that would provide secondary health care services and quick re¬lief response, apart from carrying the usual cargo and passengers,” he said.

The ministry while undertaking the initial design had consulted with the Ministry for Health and other government agencies.

He said this was not the first time that a local vessel had been built in Malaysia because there were four other vessels already in Fiji built in Malaysia.

The vessel has the capac¬ity of transporting 300 tonnes of water.

The name of the vessel would be released upon the arrival of the vessel.

Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: