The head of Tonga's Friendly Island Shipping Agency says the new MV 'Otuanga'ofa inter-island ferry will begin its operation next month.
But Vaka'uta Pola Vi, told Matangi Tonga online the exact date of when the ferry will start its service to Vava'u and Ha'apai is yet to be confirmed.
He says there's still a lot of work to be done before they can start the service to the outer islands.
Meanwhile the work on the berthing places for the new ferry in Ha'apai and Vava'u is still in progress.
As for the two Niuas, berths for the ferry are yet to be built.