PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT
Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
MS MOANA III READY TO SERVICE WALLIS AND FUTUNA, NOUMEA AND TUVALU FROM SUVA
MATU UTA, Wallis and Futuna (January 11, 2000 – Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes)---After a year in dry dock, the MS Moana III is ready to resume operations this month.
The ship’s owners will present their proposal to New Caledonia territorial assembly members in the next few days.
The MS Moana III, which ferried passengers from Wallis and Futuna between 1986 and 1998, is currently anchored in Noumea Harbor.
It stopped operating in April, but now has newly-approved certificates of seaworthiness.
The ship’s owners plan to hire a new crew.
The plan calls for the ship to be based in Suva, Fiji Islands, where it will offer trips every two weeks to Wallis and Futuna and monthly service to Tuvalu and Noumea.
Forwarded by Elisabeth Gremont.
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