New Bougainville coastal vessel MV Rapoise Chief to arrive soon

Rapoise Chief in Dry Dock

The work done on MV Rapoise Chief by far exceeds my expectations and this I believe will provide the best shipping service for our maritime needs in the west coast and to those in the atolls .A lot of people have put in a lot of hard work into this project, the ABG and Bougainville Executive Council, the Bougainville Administration and of course the Chebu Shipping Company who have and are still working tirelessly to ensure the vessel comes home soon,”

President Momis said:  Story Anthony Kaybing

The Autonomous Region of Bougainville’s journey into the shipping industry has achieved another milestone with the soon to arrive vessel, MV Rapoise Chief.

The vessel as it has been christened will service the West Coast of mainland Bougainville as well as the atolls that are in desperate need of this service. MV Rapoise Chief will carry a crew of 6 and 53 passengers and can carry approximately 15 metric tonnes of cargo.

Though the vessel is second hand it has undergone a complete refitting with new two new engines, navigational equipment and a complete overhaul of the hull at the Marala Vitas Central Terminal & Shipyards Corporation in Manila, Philippines.The vessel is currently undergoing sea trials before it can set sail for Bougainville waters and the trials have shown that the vessel can reach speeds of up to 12 knots.

Not to be outdone by Bougainville’s flag carrier, the MV Chebu, MV Rapoise Chief also offers aluminum seats and a fully functioning air-conditioned cabin area for the passengers to travel in comfort and style. The vessel also features a sick bay and separate male and female toilets and showers for the passengers and crew.

Due to the stringent measures put in place by the PNG National Maritime Service Authority the vessel will require minor tweaks to its operations and functions to meet the safety requirements enforced by the NMSA. The Autonomous Bougainville Government President, Chief Dr. John Momis said he was impressed with the work being done on the vessel so far.

President Momis and Lady Elizabeth inspecting sitting area of MV Rapoise Chief

“The work done on MV Rapoise Chief by far exceeds my expectations and this I believe will provide the best shipping service for our maritime needs in the west coast and to those in the atolls,” President Momis said.

“A lot of people have put in a lot of hard work into this project, the ABG and Bougainville Executive Council, the Bougainville Administration and of course the Chebu Shipping Company who have and are still working tirelessly to ensure the vessel comes home soon,” he added.

The President has assured Bougainvilleans that once the vessel has passed the NMSA requirements it will set sail for Bougainville which maybe in the next month or so.

 

 

 

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