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New ship for the nation

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Managing Director and owner of Franjti Neil Isihanua.
FRANJTI Shipping Company, formally known as Solomon Islands Shipbroker welcomed its new cargo boat yesterday.

The cargo boat arrived at Point Cruz wharf from Japan, where it was purchased.

Managing Director and owner Neil Isihanua said this was his second ship.

He has been operating the MV Baruku over the past years.

“The arrival of his new boat comes as a result of sweat, tears, struggles, commitment and challenges I’ve gone through over the years,” Mr Isihanua said yesterday.

He said this new addition does not reflect success but continuity of more things to come.

“The boat is the result of the challenges the company goes through. More challenges require more commitment. And that is where I draw more strength,” Mr Isihanua said.

Estimated inclusive costs for bringing the boat safely to the country is between $5-6 million.

Mr Isihanua said his new boat will be ready for short and long trip operations to serve the entire country.

After seven years in the shipping industry, the company is able to purchase its second boat to assist MV Baruku in its shipping service provisions.

“I praised God for this new boat,” Isihanua said, addding the company was born and operated on the principles of God.

FRANJTI Company was born in 2005 as Solomon Islands Shipbroker.

The steel haul boat is 47.10meter in length, 11 meter width, 5 in dept and has a maximum speed of 9.5 knots. It has modern navigational equipment on board.

It was escorted by the company’s eight man crew who took 16 days to travel from Japan.

On its arrival yesterday the boat underwent customs inspection.

It will be commissioned before it began its operation in due course.

By Daniel Namosuaia