A new cargo ship MV Niuvakai is expected to start service this month, March 2014, and transport aid supplies to Ha’apai after it was bought by the Friendly Islands Shipping Agency.
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An abandoned fishing boat that is leaking oil at Faua Harbour on the Nuku’alofa waterfront, after sinking at its berth well over a week ago, is one of several that are a concern for harbour users, while authorities are writing letters trying to force the owner to remove it.
JAWS South Pacific Shipping Company in August began a direct general cargo service from Auckland to Vava’u and Ha’apai, using a multi-purpose cargo vessel, the MV St Theresa.
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.
The lack of interest in the tender from the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia is understandable. -Sefita Hao’uli
Finding regional solutions to challenges faced by the Pacific Maritime sector such as the increasing regulation and requirements of the international and domestic shipping industries, was discussed during the Second Pacific Ministers for Maritime Transport Meeting that opened in Nuku’alofa today.