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New vessel to contribute to Fiji’s shipping industry

The shipping industry is critical to Fiji as it provides over 90 per cent of overseas cargo trading and transports almost 100 per cent in local movement between the islands. This was stressed by Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Hon. Semi Koroilavesau during the launch of first brand new ship named Saint Mary for Venu Shipping […]

Salote Qalubau

July 20, 2016 7:12 am

The shipping industry is critical to Fiji as it provides over 90 per cent of overseas cargo trading and transports almost 100 per cent in local movement between the islands.

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Hon. Semi Koroilavesau after the launch. (DEPTFO)
Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Hon. Semi Koroilavesau after the launch. (DEPTFO)

This was stressed by Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Hon. Semi Koroilavesau during the launch of first brand new ship named Saint Mary for Venu Shipping Company.

Mr Koroilavesau said the ship was originally built by Nantong Tongsheng Shipyard in China to engage in commercial inter-island roll on roll off (RoRo) operation.

The new vessel will be able to carry 70 containers, one million litres of fresh water and three hundred thousand litres (300,000ltrs) of diesel for disaster relief  and recovery.

KOROILAVESAU: “This acquisition demonstrates Venu Shipping’s commitment to Fiji’s economic recovery as we recover and rebuild together as a Nation.The design of the flat bottom ship will enable her to operate in shallow waters and shelter in rivers during the cyclone which is now prevalent in Fiji.”

First brand new ship for Venu Shipping
First brand new ship for Venu Shipping Company. (DEPTFO)

Mr Koroilavesau also highlighted that the purchase and introduction of Saint Mary will safeguard employment retention and creation.

KOROILAVESAU: “In this regard, it is not only for Venu Shipping but also for PAFCO and Bumble Bee (USA) in Levuka who employs over one thousand workers who are mainly women and provides the most important commercial and industrial backbone on the island of Ovalau.”

Venu Shipping Company owner Ben Naidu said the impact of Tropical Cyclone Winston saw his company losing most of its vessels and a delay in commitments and contracts.

Meanwhile, Venu Shipping has been finalising the keel laying off their second ship out of the three ships to be built by Nantong Tongsheng Shipyard, this has shown the confidence Venu Shipping has for the shipyard and in strengthening the bilateral relationship between Fiji and China.

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