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King commissioned trimaran – ‘Utu Ma’atu this morning

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 24/11/2017

 

His Majesty – King Tupou VI has officially commissioned the two Niua’s trimaran – ‘Utu Ma’atu this morning at the Nuku’alofa Harbor.

 

The double mast – trimaran was designed to meet the needs of the poor and isolated people in the outer islands.

 

The wind powered canoe is the first of its kind and it had an engine which is only used when it docks at Niuafo’ou because the island has no wharf.

 

It has a carrying capacity of 12 passengers and 30 tonns of goods.

 

The cost of the trimaran is more than TOP$1 million funded by the people of the two Niuas locally and abroad.

 

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