Fiji Time: 7:13 AM on Friday 27 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Lighthouse construction to start

Tevita Vuibau
Saturday, March 30, 2013

THE Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji will build eight lighthouses in Fiji waters this year as part of efforts to make sea travel in Fiji waters safer.

And this is sure to please vessel owners in Fiji who complained about having to pay lighthouse and beacon fees despite there being very few functional in Fiji waters.

Authority CEO Neale Slack said the lighthouses, including two that were to be constructed in Koro last year, would cost a couple of million dollars.

"We have six lighthouses to be constructed this year, we have the designs for those, we're drawing down the funding for those," he said.

"The high probability is that all of the six lighthouses scheduled for this year are going to be constructed by April, May, June this year.

"So, the criticism of saying that we're not doing anything or we need to do more, these plans should give a clear indication there's six serious lighthouses being constructed and there's two more carried over from last year for Koro and Wailagilala."

Mr Slack, who in January was criticised by vessel owners for the non-functioning lighthouses, said there was a need to understand the costs involved.

"What's very important to note is that what light dues vessel owners pay is insignificant in comparison to the cost of construction, operation and maintenance of the lighthouses."

Mr Slack said this point was stressed to stakeholders at recent consultations with some suggesting an increase in the levy to better maintain the maritime aid.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. HK 7s risk
  2. Key to new home
  3. $8k fortnightly income
  4. Playing two games
  5. Assault on taxidriver
  6. PM: Take pride in your homes
  7. Retired officers wait for payout
  8. Families in jovial mood
  9. 99-year lease offer to entice cane farmers
  10. OER a tool to improve quality of education

Top Stories this Week

  1. Miracle baby Sunday (22 Mar)
  2. Rape on duty Wednesday (25 Mar)
  3. Rugby player dies in camp Saturday (21 Mar)
  4. Kumar seeks answers Friday (20 Mar)
  5. Winning couple celebrate happiness day in Fiji Friday (20 Mar)
  6. All hope gone Monday (23 Mar)
  7. 'No' to adopted child Monday (23 Mar)
  8. The man who was the champ Monday (23 Mar)
  9. 7s contenders Friday (20 Mar)
  10. Kepa clarifies position Tuesday (24 Mar)