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$6.5m Cat Arrives

$6.5m Cat Arrives
September 14
10:42 2014

South Sea Cruises Limited’s newest family member, the catamaran Cougar II was given a traditional Fijian welcome on Friday upon its arrival at Port Denarau in Nadi.

The newest addition saw an investment of $6.5 million, built in Brisbane over the past seven months.

Company chief executive officer, Peter Duncan said the introduction of Cougar II will enhance the company’s fleet and improve the service delivery of the company.

“The Cougar II will help improve the transfer services we provide to the resorts in the Mamanucas and the Yasawa Group,’’ Mr Duncan said.

He said the investment was primarily linked to the increased demand by the resort’s transfer services.

“Many of the resorts we operate to are experiencing high occupancies with increased developments taking place with new rooms,” Mr Duncan said.

“This translates to the large number of people travelling.Therefore we require vessels that can carry larger capacity of people.”

The Cougar II can carry up to 200 passengers cruising and travels at 24 knots (about 44 kmph).

The investment shows great confidence of the various companies associated with the tourism industry and Fiji’s economic stability, he said.

Mr Duncan believes that going forward with the tourism products in Fiji, service providers need to move with time and keep up with the increased demands.

“Our company is absolutely intent on maintaining our market position in the market,’’ he stressed.

He thanked his staff who had worked closely with the builders in ensuring the vessel faces no major challenges once out in the sea.

Meanwhile, the company, a subsidiary of Fijian Holdings Limited, posted 12 per cent revenue towards the overall group for the year ending June 30, 2014.

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