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Sea travel normal

Torika Tokalau
Friday, February 28, 2014

INTER-island shipping companies are monitoring the situation on land very carefully before they decide on their next schedules.

Bligh Water Shipping Ltd director William Vulivuli said the condition out at sea was good.

"It's the whole logistics of travel, apart from weather that we are monitoring," Mr Vulivuli said.

He said they had sailed to Savusavu on Wednesday night without any problems.

"The seaside is okay because the low pressure is moving South now, last night (Wednesday) the water was normal, just rain and wind but pretty normal.

"We have to consider, however, the road from Natovi to Korovou, which is practically closed because of flooding.

"We have to think about our passengers and their passage on land as well. Depending on those updates on logistics, we can make a desicion on the schedule of the ships."

Goundar Shipping Ltd confirmed their schedules were running normally.

Director George Goundar said his team was monitoring the situation and would act accordingly if the weather situation worsened.

"We have our own emergency response team that monitors the situation.

"This prepares us for things like the weather, accidents and collision and includes tropical cyclones."

Mr Goundar said they were going phase by phase at the moment and were ready for worst-case scenarios.

"We will stop our schedules if the need arises but right now, we have good weather and the sea is calm.

"We are in constant touch with our captains and crews and our priority is our passengers. They will be advised if the weather changes."

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