JAPAN TURNING OVER NEW PASSENGER AND CARGO SHIP TO
SUVA, Fiji Islands (March 4, 2002 - PINA Nius Online)---The new Tuvalu
inter-island passenger and cargo ship Manu Folau will be turned over to
the Tuvalu Government Tuesday by Japanese ambassador Hisato Murayama.
The vessel, built in Japan with grant aid of about US$ 8.6 million, is
designed specially for services between the eight inhabited Tuvalu atolls,
a Japanese Embassy statement said.
It is designed to carry 80 passengers, with five first class cabins, nine
second class cabins and a passenger lounge. It can carry another 80 deck
passengers when required, such as at the start and end of school terms.
The vessel has a 190 cubic meter (6,650 cubic feet) dry cargo hold to
store cargo in bulk and a 40 cubic meter (1,400) refrigerated hold. This
is primarily for use in transporting meat, dairy products and vegetables
from Funafuti to the outer islands and to bring back fish.
The Tuvalu Government's other vessel, Nivaga II, will concentrate on the
Funafuti-Suva route, but also assist with emergency calls in Tuvalu.