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Three Jetties Proposed For The Lau Group

According to Mr Moroivalu franchise vessels MV Brianna and MV Liahonas are old and the conditions are unhealthy; space provided is not suitable for long voyage.
29 May 2019 14:52
Three Jetties Proposed For The Lau Group
Eastern Divisional Commissioner Luke Moroivalu (nearest to camera) making his submission to the standing committee on Natural Resources on May 22, 2019. Photo: Parliament of Fiji

Three jetties have been proposed for the Lau group to increase the franchise services to the Lau group of islands.

Of this chain of about 60 islands and islets, about 30 are inhabited.

Eastern Divisional Commissioner Luke Moroivalu confirmed the number of jetties, during his submission to the standing committee on the National Resources on the petition for the Government to provide reliable, safe and affordable shipping services for the Lau group last Wednesday.

The three proposed jetties are to be located at Lakeba, Cakova and Kabara.

“Oru jetty in Lakeba is to replace the existing Lakeba jetty. Oru point is much safer and suitable for any vessels. Cakova jetty in Moala is to assist bigger vessels and survey has been completed by Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) for new jetty in Kabara,” Mr Moroivalu said.

Oru is located near Nasaqalau Village on Lakeba.

“Our recommendations include the construction of new jetties to increase franchise services.

“There is a need to upgrade and carry out maintenance works on existing jetties, to increase Government’s subsidy allocation for franchise trips to non-economical routes such as Lau.”

Mr Moroivalu during his submission stated that Southern Lau was the most affected due to its location.

According to Mr Moroivalu franchise vessels MV Brianna and MV Liahonas are old and the conditions are unhealthy; space provided is not suitable for long voyage.

“The two vessels offload in the night and therefore a risk to passengers and crew members as well,” he said.

“The people of Lau have requested for a Government vessel to replace franchise services provided by the two vessels.

“The only solution is to improve boat services to the Southern Lau. This includes the vessel, the time it spends on the islands to unload and load and more importantly the condition of the wharf.

“And the company, running the vessel, needs to make a profit at the end of the day.”

Existing jetties in Lau are located at: Lomaloma (Vanuabalavu), Cicia, Tubou (Lakeba), Moala, Matuku and Totoya.

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