THE launch of a $1.5million Fiji-made marine vessel will make Fiji a serious contender in the shipbuilding business.
South Sea Subs — owner, designer and builder of the world's first and Fiji's very own underwater viewing vessel — said the world would be forced to reckon with what Fiji was accomplishing.
"I believe this vessel will make a lot of people sit up and take note of what we are achieving here at South Seas Subs," company chief executive officer Rob Moigg said.
The Seaview, which has been under construction at Wailoaloa in Nadi over the past five months, will be one of the world's underwater experience must-do and an international attraction when it is launched on April 6.
Mr Moigg said from Nadi yesterday the Seaview was an entirely new concept which he designed.
"Our intentions are to operate this and another just like her to offer a new approach to undersea viewing with the emphasis being on comfort," Mr Moigg told The Fiji Times.
Catering for up to 14 passengers at a time, the Seaview will remain submerged at 2.3 metres with the top deck and conning tower on the surface at all times.