The National, Tuesday 26th, 2012
By KESSIE TADAP
THE seventh and last of the Border Development Authority’s vessels under its maritime transport initiative, the mv Bougainville Atolls, has been undergoing routine maintenance at the Port Moresby Wharf last week.
As part of the government’s vision to improve the lives of the people among the maritime boarder provinces, the mv Boungainville Atolls has been serving the people of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville since being brought into the country last August.
The acquisition of the mv Bougainville ended the authority’s acquisition programme which cost K27 million.
Since then, the management of the seven vessels, which include mv Muntai, mv Ulayut, mv Manus Atolls, mv Andreas, mv Glouster and mv Milne Bay Atolls came under the care of recently created business arm of the BDA, the Maritime Transport Ltd.
Since its launching, the mv Bougainville Atolls joined its sister vessels (landing crafts) that were already operating in bringing services through the provision of safe and affordable sea transport.
Authority chairman Pomat Manuai said this service had been lacking since the cessation of government trawlers some 37 years ago, but through these vessels effective delivery of basic government services to remote island communities were now being achieved efficiently.