THERE'S good news for Pacific Islanders as inter-island shipping service provider Goundar Shipping Services plans to extend its services in the region.
In an interview, company director George Goundar said if all goes well, they would provide service to Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea and the Gilbert Islands by February.
"We are waiting to get our vessel fixed up as there is a huge demand from people to go to the Pacific Islands," Mr Goundar said, adding that he intended to bring new vessels to service the Pacific.
"We are looking at bringing new vessels — it's supposed to be in November but we are delaying it because my vessel went aground few months ago."
Mr Goundar said they've conducted studies and would consult the governing bodies of the chosen countries and the Fijian Government of their plans.
"We have to get both governing bodies of countries we're getting into and to facilitate this we need approval from them.
"We have done a few studies here and we will approach the government once my vessel gets back to Fiji next month."
Mr Goundar said the plan was a win-win situation for Fiji because of its location.
"Most container ships offload cargo here and stay in the port for months, why not tap into the market and provide the islanders with better service."
He said the company would continue to service inter-island routes in Fiji.