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New ship for local waters in two weeks

December 21, 2015 11:58 pm

A new passenger vessel owned by the Goundar Shipping is expected to berth in Fiji waters in the next fortnight.

Goundar Shipping Managing Director George Goundar told FBC News the new vessel has left Vancouver, Canada and is making its way now to Fiji.

The vessel has been delayed for two months now and Goundar says they had to wait for the Marine Act to be amended to allow any ship that is more than twenty years to operate in Fiji waters.

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“It’s a state of the art vessel, its computerized, as you know the previous company lot of millions of dollars and MSAF officials John Tunidau and another surveyor was up in Canada two weeks ago they surveyed the vessel and passed the colors.”

The MV Queen of Chilliwack is a roll-on/roll off passenger vehicle ferry built in 1978 in Norway.

It’s 114 metres in length with a carrying capacity of 400 passengers and crew.

The third addition to the company’s current fleet is expected to boost domestic ferry services in the country.

The new vessel will only service Nabouwalu-Natovi when it begins operation.

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