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Bank Seizes Princess Moana

According to the reliable source there was a misunderstanding with FDB and the Princess Moana and the issue resolved.
15 Feb 2020 15:42
Bank Seizes Princess Moana
Princess Moana.

Princess Moana following its return from Yasayasa Moala last month and while on its way to Lautoka for its next trip was seized by the Fiji Development Bank.

Its franchise run to Tuvalu is now on hold following the detainment.

According to the reliable source there was a misunderstanding with FDB and the Princess Moana and the issue resolved.

“There is a misunderstanding with the bank because our payment is up to date,” the source said yesterday.

“The intention is to take the overseas charter to help with the payments. FDB took it wrongly.

“The only payment that was due was for lst month (January). The month was not even over when FDB boarded the vessel.

“We were really disappointed with that and we are setting up an arrangement with the FDB chief executive officer (CEO).

“Like any other business Princess Moana started off struggling but now after two years she has been picking up.

“I think they were wrongly informed by somebody and that was why Princess Moana was seized.

“They may be thinking that we were running away but how can we run away when we are citizens of Fiji. We are not the type of people that run away from our responsibility.”

The owner of Princess Moana, Ross Miller is away overseas.

Mr Miller could not be contacted yesterday; his wife chose not to comment on the issue.

Princess Moana owned by Miller Shipping Services is a newly built 350-passenger ferry which arrived in Fiji from Indonesia in December 2017.

FDB Media and Community Relation Officer Parijata Gurdayal who was attending meetings most of yesterday said the bank would comment later.

Background

The young princess was a dream come true for two of Cakaudrove’s sons Panapasa Vonokula and Ross Miller.

Miller Shipping Services is owned by Mr Miller and his wife while Mr Vonokula is one of the directors.

Princess Moana is the first of its kind; it was designed in Fiji by a local qualified seafarer who holds an Australian Ship Master Class one licence. It is specially designed to suit local passengers and conditions.

The $4 million vessels is named after Mr Miller’s daughter, Moana.

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