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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Shipping services worry PM

The poor quality of shipping services to the outer islands remains a major concern, says the Prime Minister. The PM said he was not only concerned about shipping services in the Lau Group but also about services to the Lomaiviti Group, Rotuma and other outlying islands.

He said current services were bad considering the poor quality of ships, services offered, passenger accommodation and toilet facilities.

Government is considering buying two or three ships to supplement the ones being used in order to address the problem.

Government is also looking at reviewing the current franchise scheme which is being described as only beneficial to shipowners. The review process will look into setting a standard for ships that wish to service the outlying islands.

Meanwhile, the Bua Provincial Council has bought the vessel, "North Land", worth F$ 3 million. The boat will be run commercially and will be used by the people of Bua, Macuata and Cakaudrove. It has a passenger capacity of 400.

A team will be leaving soon for Germany to bring the vessel to Fiji with operations to start in September.

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