Japan donates new tug to Ports Authority Tonga

Rev. Dr. Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, Prime Minister of Tonga, and Mr Kensaku Munenaga, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Tonga, at the signing ceremony for the donation of a new tug to Tonga on September 3, 2021 (Photo: Embassy of Japan in the Kingdom of Tonga)

The governments of Japan and Tonga have entered into an agreement wherein a new tug will be donated for use by the latter country’s maritime and port authorities, the Japanese Embassy in Tonga said in a recent statement.

The vessel will be operated jointly by Ports Authority Tonga and the country’s Ministry of Public Enterprises.

The donation of the tug, which is valued at approximately US$10 million, is made possible by the Japanese government’s Non-Project Grant Aid (NPGA) assistance program.

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