The subsidies provided by the Shipping Franchise Scheme needs to be revisited and re-looked at.
This was highlighted by MV Brianna’s -Operations Manager-Felix Maharaj.
This was made during their submissions to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources on the Petition for Government to Provide Reliable, Safe and Affordable Shipping Services for the Lau Group held in Parliament this week.
According to the Operation Manager of the MV Brianna that services the Northern part of Lau, it wasn’t fully realized this islands only have a certain amount of natural resources.
Maharaj says says once they entered the the Franchise business they realized the reality of it, there were some lack in the subsidy provided and the whole idea of the Franchise Scheme was to create economic activity in the outer island unfortunately it wasn’t fully realized the islands have only a certain amount of natural resources and that what they were targeting to create economic growth in the region.
He added the scheme needs to be re-looked at as there is an increase in the cost of fuel, labor cost, and the maintenance of their vessels.
MV Brianna Director-Josateki Tagi says the Franchise Scheme is an important Project in the region and it needs to be addressed to assist in the operation they do.
MV Brianna services the Northern part of Lau namely Tuvuca, Cikobia, Lomaloma, and Yacata.
The shipping Franchise Scheme main aim is to provide services and to create economic growth to some of the most isolated islands in Fiji