Lauru shipping rejected report

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By Mike Puia

LAURU Shipping Company (LSC), from Choiseul Province, has rejected a report that one of its ships, MV Nuatabu, is owned by former Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare.

Chairman of the company’s board said MV Nuatabu is owned and operated by LSC therefore it is 100 percent owned by the province as LSC is the business arm of the province.

“The report that MV Nuatabu is owned by Mr Manasseh Sogavare’s constituency and operated by Lauru Shipping Company is incorrect,” LSC’s board chairman said.

He explained that Sogavare secured fund from the National Transport Initiative Grant Fund (NTIGF), a government fund, and gave it to the province.

He said the province by the ship and gives it to LSC, being the business arm of the province.

He added the ship is owned by the province and they are thankful for the support rendered by Sogavare.

LSC also operated MV Lauru 1 and MV San Marcos.

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