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New ship owner tells of plans for MV Suilven

October 11
09:40 2012

Venu Shipping’s Sinu-I-Wasa travels from Suva to Vunicea and to Kavala Bay. Photo: FLICKR.COM

By ELLEN STOLZ

Local shipping competition is about to get even stronger. Venu Shipping owner Ben Naidu is planning to get his new acquisition, MV Suilven, into action as quick as he can.
Mr Naidu confirmed to Sun Business yesterday that the former Bligh Water Shipping Limited flagship will be commencing operations soon.
“Upon the completion of the vessel refitting business will commence. I feel that the Suilven is a very safe vessel and if refitted well she would be a very comfortable ship to travel by and further she would add class to my fleet of vessels,” Mr Naidu said.
Although Mr Naidu preferred not to disclose the price at which the vessel was purchased, he did say there were some changes that the vessel was going to undertake.
“The decision to purchase the vessel was to help grow and develop the maritime community at large towards sustainability.”
Through his thirty years of work experience Mr Naidu has travelled to countries like Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan where he did hands-on training which has equipped him to be the ship owner and operator he is today.
“As the name Suilven has no significance to me or our family, we will change the name to portray a part of our family heritage and this we will announce shortly,” Mr Naidu said.
Venu Shipping currently operates the Sinu-I-Wasa on the Suva-Kadavu route. It also operates cargo services.
With the competition in the shipping industry, Mr Naidu said: “We must admit that we are doing enough to keep us afloat in this time of very intense competition in the inter-island shipping business.”
He said: “We will advise those travelling on the various facilities that we propose to offer onboard in due course.”
Bligh Water Shipping had aquired the 3638-ton Suilven from Strait Shipping in New Zealand in 2004.
The 726-ton Sinu-I-Wasa was also a former member of the Strait Shipping fleet and also arrived into the  Fiji in 2004.

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