Passenger boats packed as motion of no confidence looms

Boats are packed and overloaded with passengers travelling back West, Choiseul and Shortland.

Speaking with a Choiseul passenger he said;

we are sending our people home for safety reasons. As you can see, the boats are fully packed and many of them are women and children. Safety of our people is important. Therefore, we have to be proactive regardless of whether the MONC is passed or defeated tomorrow on the floor of parliament.

Boats scheduled to travel today are MV Fair Chief, MV Fair Lady, MV Fair Glory, MV Shortland, MV Noatabu and MV Otega.

The boats will be covering specific routes. MV Fair Chief will head to Choiseul. MV Fair Lady will cover the Marovo route. MV Fair Glory will head to Gizo and finally MV Shortland will sail for Shortland.

MV Noabu and Otega already left when we arrived(Choiseul bound).

This equates to a total of six(6) passenger boats travelling today alone.

Meanwhile, in Malaita province passenger’s are stranded for the past weeks due to infrequent boat schedules especially the HON-AUKI and AUKI-HON trips. There are many commentaries on the cause of this but it is obvious that it is due to the current political upheaval.

The Solomon Islands Herald aware of the gazette which restricts berthing and movement of boats in the emergency zone which came to effect today the 5th.

.. a vessel must not enter or leave the Port of Honiara or come along side or berth at a wharf that is located within the port of Honiara or anywhere else on the coast of the Emergency Zone or go on shore anywhere on the coast of the emergency zone.”



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