Reported moves to make Honiara a regional shipping hub

Dear Editor,
THE latest news bulletin broadcast by Radio New Zealand International (RNZI) on 18 October 2017 mentioned the Solomon Islands Port Authority is entering a number of international partnerships to transform Honiara into a regional trans-shipment hub.
This is what the bulletin said (quote)
“It has forged a new agreement with Washington-based tuna giant Tri Marine International to bring in more vessels to off-load fish there.
“The company and shipping line Maersk are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Solomons government this week.
“This will also involve more Tri Marine vessels off-loading catch at Port of Noro, in the country’s west, onto Maersk vessels.
“The Port Authority said Maersk would provide training for locals to be employed under the new arrangements.
“Meanwhile, the Solomon Star reported the authority was in talks with one of Japan’s largest container shipping companies.
“Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha wants to boost its cargo-holding capacity in the Solomon’s capital.”
Yours sincerely
Frank Short


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