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PM to launch Lomaiviti Princess III

Goundar Shipping Limited’s newest vessel, the MV Lomaiviti Princess III will make her maiden voyage tomorrow following her launch to be conducted tonight by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. Despite the one year delay in bringing the Lomaiviti Princess III to Fiji, it was worth the challenge, Shipping company head George Goundar said. We just […]

Peni Shute

January 18, 2016 11:58 am

Goundar Shipping Limited’s newest vessel, the MV Lomaiviti Princess III will make her maiden voyage tomorrow following her launch to be conducted tonight by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Despite the one year delay in bringing the Lomaiviti Princess III to Fiji, it was worth the challenge, Shipping company head George Goundar said.

We just want to thank the PM for allowing us/our family to further invest into the local shipping industry, a testament is the arrival of the third vessel last week. We are of the view that this is good leadership by Mr Bainimarama and the Minister of Transport, Praveen Bala, along of key stakeholders who have made this all possible.

MV Lomaiviti Princess III sails to Kadavu at 10am on Tuesday.

MV Queen of Chilliwack / B.C. Ferries, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Photo taken at Saltery Bay Ferry Terminal, Sunshine Coast. PHOTO: www.flickr.com
MV Queen of Chilliwack now MV Lomaiviti Princess III.
PHOTO: www.flickr.com

Goundar said the company has plans to add another two vessels to its fleet within a year. He attributes the success of the young shipping company to its 150-plus staff and God.

I brought a vessel and brought up a standard. As you can see now, the service and competition for mariners is really up there now, the shipping industry has a bright future now.

The MV Lomaiviti Princess III will from March service the Nabouwalu- Natovi route.

According to Canadian media reports, the vessel was purchased for FJD $3 million (roughly $1.8 million CAD) from BC Ferries. Built in Norway in 1978, it was refurbished in 2010 at a cost of $15 million (CAD) to include a new car deck watertight doors, propeller seals, new instrumentation, control systems and new lifesaving systems. The ship can carry 400 passengers and crew.

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