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Shipping Services Resume After TC Mona Leaves Fiji

Shipping Services Resume After TC Mona Leaves Fiji
Fiji.” Lomaiviti Princess vessels berthed at Port Mua-i-Walu, Suva.
January 09
11:00 2019

Local shipping companies resumed their services on Monday while some waited until yesterday until Tropical Cy­clone Mona moved away from the Fiji Group.

This was confirmed by the local shipping companies which include Goundar Shipping Services, South Island Shipping Services, Govern­ment Shipping Services and Pat­terson Brothers Shipping.

Patterson Brothers Shipping Company Limited started its ser­vices on Tuesday.

Due to adverse weather Patterson Brothers Shipping Company Lim­ited in a statement said they had three return trips for Natovi to Na­bouwalu yesterday.

“Due to backlog, we had three sailings starting from yesterday (Tuesday),” a statement sent by PBSCL read.

It said the sailings were con­firmed for all sectors.

“If you have a vehicle ticket for any of the cancelled sailings, please take your tickets over to the main offices so that we can book your vehicle accordingly,” the statement said.

“Passengers that hold tickets for any cancelled sailing can contact the office to confirm their sailing.”

Goundar Shipping Limited (GSL) owner and managing director, George Goundar said they had started their shipping services on Monday.

Mr Goundar said two of his ves­sels have departed for Rotuma and Vanuabalavu.

“Lomaiviti Princess I departed for Vanuabalavu at 6pm and Lo­maiviti Princess II departed for Rotuma at 1pm on Monday,” Mr Goundar said.

Earlier Goundar Shipping Lim­ited had cancelled all its services after the alert for Tropical Cyclone Mona was issued last Friday.

He said trips scheduled to leave at 6pm last Friday were cancelled.

These included trips to Ratuma, Savusavu, Taveuni, Koro, Gau and Vanuabalavu.

South Island Shipping Company resumed services yesterday to Ka­davu in Liahona II.

The vessel was supposed to leave last Friday but due to TC Mona it cancelled its trips.

Meanwhile, Government Ship­ping Services from senior manage­ment Vinai Vatuvatu said Govern­ment vessel MV Cagivou’s trip to Rotuma on Friday was cancelled.


“We commend the continuous support rendered from the respec­tive Fiji Government ministries and also external stakeholders which have greatly assisted in fa­cilitating cruise ship arrivals to Fiji.

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