BY BARNABAS MANEBONA
NOT all of Lauru Shipping Company’s ships are out of service as MV Nuatabu is continuing her operation for Choiseul Province.
Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration (SIMSA) Acting Director Jonah Mitau confirmed this after concern from Choiseul Province citizens had it that all of Lauru Shipping’s ships are out of service in which the situation will affect transport services in the province.
The Director clarified from query that both MV Lauru 1 and MV San Marcos are indeed experiencing mechanical problems in which their administration awaits both master’s or responsible officer’s reports on the incident.
“MV Nuatabu owned by Hon Manasseh Sogavare’s Constituency and operated by Lauru Shipping Company however is continuing her operation,” said Mr Mitau.
Currently, people of Choiseul Province are calling on their Provincial Government to advice Lauru Shipping Company to charter or make arrangements with other shipping services purposely to operate sea transport services to the province.
“Business houses in the province are badly affected by the major setback on quick and efficient services provided by Lauru Shipping Company in which we sympathise with them for that matter,” said locals.