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Government Invests In Lighthouses, Beacons

Government has in­vested $7.1 million for the construction of lighthouses around Fiji and a further $1.8million towards the installation of beacons. Since 2011 the government has progressively con­structed 35 lighthouses
28 Sep 2018 11:00
Government Invests In Lighthouses, Beacons
Acting MSAF chief executive officer Captain Philip Hill with the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Vijay Nath about to lay the wreath to remember the fallen seaman at the sea wall on September 27, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Government has in­vested $7.1 million for the construction of lighthouses around Fiji and a further $1.8million towards the installation of beacons.

Since 2011 the government has progressively con­structed 35 lighthouses and installed 600 beacons in the sheltered shipping routes.

Captain Philip Hill of the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji said the provision of constructing Aid to Navi­gation (ATON) systems to assist in the safe naviga­tion of vessels within Fiji’s identified shipping lanes continues.

He said an additional sev­en lighthouses are planned for installation this year.

“Fijians rely heavily on the maritime shipping in­dustry for employment, sustainability, prosper­ity and economic growth,” Captain Hill said.

“It is through our ship­ping industry that Fijians in the rural and maritime sectors are provided with government development initiatives, enhancing so­cial and economic growth.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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