9 Jun 2008

Japanese funding for new inter- island ferry in Tonga

5:38 am on 9 June 2008

The Japanese Government is giving Tonga an aid grant for a new Olovaha inter-island ferry.

An agreement has been signed for a Japanese aid grant of 16 million US dollars for the construction of a new inter-island vessel for Tonga, replacing the 26 -year-old passengers ferry, MV Olovaha.

The Japanese Government says the new vessel will be capable of carrying 400 passengers and 400 tonnes of cargo, at 53m long and 13.5m wide.

It will be equipped with two six tonne cranes, a modern navigation system, radio apparatus and cargo-handling equipments such as eight reefer containers, 54 dry containers, and two forklifts.