19 Oct 2010

Tonga's new interisland ferry arrives

8:36 am on 19 October 2010

Tonga's new interisland ferry, the MV 'Otuanga'ofa, has arrived in Nuku'alofa.

Matangi Tonga online says the ferry, funded by the Japanese government, can carry 400 passengers plus 22 crewmembers and 400 tonnes of cargo.

It has not been confirmed when the ferry will start its commercial service to Vava'u and Ha'apai.

The ferry replaces the ill-fated Princess Ashika which sank in 2009 claiming 74 lives.