Fiji Time: 2:58 PM on Tuesday 21 April

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Sea travel expenses on the up

Ana Madigibuli
Friday, July 18, 2014

BOAT expenses continue to rise for those living in the smaller remote islands, leaving them most vulnerable to paying more for boat fares when travelling from the island to the Capital City.

Supplies of goods and other cargo are affected because of lack of boat services to their various islands on a daily basis which is also a major hindrance in development.

This was highlighted by USP's Amelia Bola during the International Conference for Renewable Energy and Climate Change at USP.

"Shipping is the lifeline linking the island countries with the outside world, with each other and within their own countries; it is a vital need of achieving sustainable development and regional co-operation," Ms Bola said.

"From the research conducted it highlights the importance of small boats such as fibres, as an essential part of the maritime transport network owned and operated at the village level.

"It is important for community-based initiatives to look at how fuel is used when determining the priority for renewable energy to ensure focus is given to the area of greatest need.

"Data collections and analysis of sea transport is a priority if we are to truly tackle the Pacific's dependency on fossil fuel."

She said sea transport in Oceania was far more than just movement of goods and people from one location to another as it was central to our culture.





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. The murder of a schoolteacher
  2. Unclaimed body laid to rest
  3. Winner pulls out
  4. $30k win for couple
  5. Wife wished cancer for hubby
  6. Fisherman in hospital after collision at sea
  7. Project funding
  8. Chiefly family to decide on Tui Bua position
  9. FEA shares on offer
  10. $10m music

Top Stories this Week

  1. Gang rape Monday (20 Apr)
  2. It's a lie Wednesday (15 Apr)
  3. Bloody Sunday Monday (20 Apr)
  4. Death shatters dream Monday (20 Apr)
  5. Fatal trip Thursday (16 Apr)
  6. A fair trial, says Singh Wednesday (15 Apr)
  7. Ro Teimumu makes a stand Wednesday (15 Apr)
  8. Son's death shocks family, police investigate brother Saturday (18 Apr)
  9. Wish for son's death Monday (20 Apr)
  10. Five years in exile Friday (17 Apr)