Shipping company plead with passengers

Chaos at the Nabouwalu jetty in Bua this morning. Picture: SUPPLIED

Chaos at the Nabouwalu jetty in Bua this morning. Picture: SUPPLIED

Update: 5:53PM PATTERSON Brothers Shipping Ltd today pleaded with passengers to be patient as work to address Easter weekend travel backlogs made worse when its ship the Spirit of Altruism drifted onto a reef in Lomaiviti on the weekend.

Company spokesperson David Patterson asked for calm after irate passengers claimed they waited for almost 10 hours to board a return ship to Suva from the Nabouwalu jetty today.

“We are appealing to passengers to please bear with us as we try and clear off our backlogs,” he said. 

“As of now we are not taking any new bookings for tomorrow (today) and Friday. We had cleared our backlogged passengers in Levuka yesterday.”

Harish Chand, who accompanied his family to Nabouwalu described the situation as chaotic.

“There was a lot of disorder with so many vehicles on the wharf which caused a traffic jam and passengers being confused whether they should board the ship,” he said.