A sense of déjà vu came over me when I heard of the government’s decision to impose on Vava’u a one-overseas-shipping service. People understand that competition will determine the costs of services. The farcical explanation given by the Acting PM for the one-shipping service policy is not only laughable, it is downright insulting. - Tuitokaloto Fakatakatau Taufa.
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Bidding to operate Tonga’s interim inter-island ferry service closed last week and the successful operator is expected to be announced later this month.
The Tonga government is still negotiating a temporary inter-island ferry charter with the help of NZAID and Australia in order to restart the national inter-island service in April.
Tonga’s new inter-island ferry, currently being built in Japan, is scheduled to arrive in Nuku’alofa on 20 October this year to restart the domestic inter-islands ferry service in the first week of November.
A thorough survey of the MV Princess Ashika was not carried out before it was purchased by the Tongan Government, the Managing Director of Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd., John Jonesse, told the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika, this morning, November 3.
Tonga will have a new Olovaha inter-island ferry by March 2010, thanks to the Japanese government.