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Residents of the Niuas no longer need MV ‘Otuanga’ofa to service their islands

 Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 21/03/2017

The Friendly Islands Shipping Agency FISA says, if residents of the two Niuas no longer need the services of the MV ‘Otuanga’ofa then the vessel will concentrate on its other routes and improve the service qualities.

Friendly Islands Shipping Agency – FISA managing MV ‘Otuanga’ofa confirms to Radio Tonga News – they respect the needs of the people of the two Niuas.

This comes after an announcement by the Council of the Two Niuas they no longer need MV ‘Otuanga’ofa – but only prefers MV ‘Onemato of ‘Eua and MV Vaomapa of Tofa Ramsey.

A reliable Source told Radio and Television Tonga the decision made by the Council of the Two Niuas – was based on dissatisfaction of the people on MV.’Otuanga’ofa’s anchoring on the open sea and not docking  at the wharf to unload passengers and cargoes.

They believe that this might result on unbearable results and it should be stopped.

However information from FISA says they cannot enter the wharf because there is no lighthouse at the area to warn them of nearby reefs.

Not only is that but the wharf not fit for any vessel to dock.

The wharf has been damaged by the 2009 Tsunami and nothing has been done yet.

A survey conducted by a NZ Company stated that no vessel should enter the harbor because it is very dangerous.

BUT a choice to enter the harbor is of the owner of the vessel alone and they must be prepared to bear the brunt.

Meanwhile Marine Division, responsible for maintaining the problem says several lighthouses has arrived Tonga and will be installed in the islands soon.

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