Maritime fare review

A REPORT of the Maritime Freights and Fares Review is to be expected to be tabled in Cabinet soon.

This was revealed by the permanent secretary for Works and Transport, Commander Francis Kean, while officiating at World Maritime Day celebrations in Labasa.

Cdr Kean said the report would consist of a review of boat fares and freight charges levied on members of the public by marine vessel operators around the country.

“This exercise was conducted jointly by the Ministry of Transport and the Commerce Commission which has now been successfully completed,” he said.

“The exercise was carried out to determine the correct prices that shipowners should charge for passenger fares and the cost of freight. This report is due for submission to Cabinet soon.”

Cdr Kean said this was part of the ministry’s plan in ensuring marine commuters travelled in safety and comfort with affordable fares.

Relating to the good news, 44-year-old Meresiana Galuinadi said it was excellent news. Ms Galuinadi, who resides on Taveuni, travels to Viti Levu regularly to visit her family.

She said the cost of travel and food on roll-on roll-off vessels was very expensive taking into consideration the condition of the facilities in the boats.