Tongan shipping agency CEO suspended

Tonga’s Friendly Islands Shipping Agency has suspended its CEO Vakautapola Vi local media reports on Friday 6 said.

Vi has been suspended for two weeks while investigation was underway, Radio & Television Tonga news reported.

The shipping authority did not release the reasons for the suspension but the news quoted Infrastructure Minister, Hon. Etuate Lavulavu as saying the MV ‘Otumotu Anga’ofa has been ordered to only take 150 passengers on its regular travels to outer islands. This meant the vessel would no longer carry up to 400 passengers it normally carried.

Last year the vessel was reported as having an accident in Niuatoputapu. It was later reported  it was taken to Lautoka in Fiji for dry dock maintenance after cracks were found inside a ballast tank.

Radio & Television Tonga report said the Port of Authoirty & Marine Department were not informed about the maintenance of the vessel in Fiji.

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