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People of Nomuka disappointed with MV ‘Otuanga’ofa for not offloading their cargoes

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 15/02/2017

People of Nomuka were very disappointed with the MV ‘Otuanga’ofa for not offloading their cargoes from Nuku’alofa destined to the islands this morning.

Noa Latu said, they were waiting at the wharf this morning around 3-4 and looking forward to get their cargoes but the vessel only offloaded its passengers with their carry- on personal belongings.

He said, they were told by the crewmen to wait because they will offload their cargoes soon, they waited and waited until dawn but the vessel was sailing to the other islands.

They are worried because they have goods in the vessel such as sugar which is in short supply in their islands, frozen its possible for the MV.’Otuanga’ofa to travel in the morning for it is better to offload their cargoes when its still daylight.

HOWEVER, a spokesperson for FISA said they apologize to the people of Nomuka for the inconvenience caused this morning.

He said they are contacting to the Captain of the MV. ‘Otuanga’ofa to identify the reason for not offloading the cargo of the people of Nomuka.

The spokesman says the main reasons for not off loading any cargo during night time is either the sea was rough or not safe for the people for such actions to take place.

He added they are working on the matter.

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