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Maggie Cat’s return delayed due to engine problem

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 24/01/2017

One engine of the inter-island hired ferry Maggie Cat broke down delaying its return to Australia.

The boat completed its contract with FISA on Sunday January 15th.

A FISA spokesman says expenses for the repair and maintenance of the ferry is borne by its owners, Captain Cook Cruises.

Parts of the engine will be sent from Australia towards the end of this week with two other crewmen.

FISA chartered the Maggie Cat in June 2016 and was operating between the islands while MV ‘Otuanga’ofa undertook repair and maintenance at the Suva Dock.

At the completion of its service, Maggie Cat had no extra expenses requiring payment from FISA but the Agency will take care of the local interisland shipping expenses.

FISA also says the cargo ship, MV Niuvakai is being tendered locally and overseas.

The vessel was bought at a time when a vessel was required to ship Tonga’s agriculture and similar produce to Samoa and Fiji.

However, not enough supplies were available for export hence the need to sell the vessel to cover the expenses it has incurred on the company.

FISA says MV ‘Otuanga’ofa can fulfill the route to outer islands for both cargo and passengers.

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