Port Vila wharf increased capacity to allow larger vessels, simultaneous berthing of two ships

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With the completion of the Lapetasi Wharf, Port Vila will be able to receive two cruise ships in one day from next year. The Director of South Seas Shipping, John Tonner, revealed this when the Cruise Tourism Committee successfully completed its Traffic Management Plan for the wharf area. Starting next year, it will also be possible for bigger ships bringing 5,000 tourists to use the wharf facility and with up to two vessels at the same time, the commercial advantage to be realized is expected to be significant. (Radio Vanuatu)

Virgin Australia airlines resumed services to Bauerfield on Sunday, following a week of flight suspension. It is expected Airports Vanuatu Limited will this week be deciding on best quotes for the completion of all runway repairs, AVL Chairman Bakoa Kaltongga announced yesterday. (Daily Post)

Eye diseases are being targeted in a new health campaign of the Ministry of Health. A launching took place last week and it was learned that trachoma would be the first such problem addressed with a treatment which is now in general usage. Trachoma is a bacterial infection. It is contagious and passed on through secretions of infected people. Untreated trachoma can lead to blindness, and it is the leading preventable cause of blindness worldwide. (Radio Vanuatu)

The conspiracy case saw three of the imprisoned defendants taking the witness stand yesterday — Marcellino Pipite, Silas Yatan and Thomas Laken. Their counsel, Christina Thyna, blamed the former counsel for the three saying that “at all material times the defendants were induced by their respective lawyers to engage in obstructing conduct.” She alleged her clients were not aware that their act would amount to an obstruction to justice. The case continues today. (Daily Post)

The water and food crisis resulting from El Niño in the Torres islands is highlighted today in Daily Post. The Vanuatu Daily Digest further points out that a trusted reporter from Vanualava has also reported all rivers on that bigger, more highly populated island as having dried up, including the Crocodile River.