New vessel to service maritime islands
August 29, 2015 1:16 am
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama today commissioned a new government vessel the Cagivou which will provide service for our coastal and maritime communities.
While speaking Bainimarama says the new vessel will transform the lives of Fijians in the maritime communities and give them a safer, comfortable and reliable means of transport.
He says Cagivou – which means New Wind signifies the new wind that is carrying Fiji forward.
“As I keep saying: we are growing the national cake so that everyone can get a bigger slice. And I’m extremely pleased and proud that with this ship, we are able to give a bigger slice of the cake to people living in coastal and maritime areas – a brand new vessel to assist in their economic development and expand their own horizons.”
The vessel was built at a cost of $5.76 million by the Kian Juan Dockyard in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia – capable of carrying 100 passengers.
Surveyors from the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji were among the team that supervised its construction, along with a technician from the GSS and a local naval architect consultant, Moape Batigai.