VIDEO: Rota’s East Harbor Opened to Address Food & Supply Crisis; Port Fees Waived After State of Emergency Declared

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Saipan – To help alleviate food and other commodities’ shortage on Rota, acting governor Jude Hofschneider opened Rota’s East Harbor last Saturday.

In addition, the Saipan Tribune reports that Hofschneider also waived port fees to all vessels entering the island to deliver essential goods to the CNMI’s southernmost island, which has been under a state of emergency since Feb. 14.

For three months now or since Nov. 18, 2013, Rota has been unable to receive essential goods and commodities as the barges couldn’t enter the West Harbor due to rough seas and bad weather conditions.

Although some goods have been brought into Rota via airplane, including those from the U.S. Department of Defense, not all essential goods and commodities can be brought in without using sea transportation and supplies have “currently been depleted.