The successful tender to operate Tonga's interim interisland ferry is expected to be announced this month.
The Tongan Government has chartered the Ajang Subuh from a Malaysian shipping company until the end of March 2011.
The Matangi Tonga Online reports the interim ferry, the Ajang Subuh, will continue its service under Captain Dennis Nisbet and his crew.
Dennis Nisbet says that his contract ends at the end of July but they are bidding to continue managing the service
The Ministry of Transport looks after the commercial side of the operation.
A month after the service began, the ferry can carry up to 70 passengers and carry 150 tonnes of cargo.