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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.
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.
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.