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Shipping Industry Has Potential To Boost Economy

Shipping Industry Has Potential To Boost Economy
Customer Aviuta Naikatalau from Tailevu with CourtS director marketing Anil Senewiratne at Courts Rodwell Road in Suva. Photo: Arishma Devi-Narayan
October 08
10:32 2014

The shipping industry in Fiji has the potential to develop and earn foreign currency for the nation, says newly-appointed chief executive officer of the Fiji Maritime Academy, Captain Suren Gurusinghe.

Just one month in his new role, Captain Gurusinghe who hails from Sri Lanka is happy to take on the challenge in spearheading quality education in the maritime sector.

Being centrally located in the Pacific Islands, Captain Gurusinghe believes that Fiji can be hub for maritime training in the region.

He said that Fijians are born seafarers and FMA would work towards producing high caliber Fijian cadets and officers in a bid to open employment opportunities by major shipping companies in merchant navy and offshore industry, thus bring in needed foreign currency to Fiji.

“Ever since I joined FMA, the work experience and the daily task are quite enjoyable,” Captain Gurusinghe said.

“The work environment is great and the people of Fiji are quite welcoming and very friendly.

“The support from our counterparts makes work easier and continues support from them will lead to fulfilling our vision and mission of the academy quicker than expected.”

Visiting Labasa for the first time for the World Maritime Day last month was an eye-opener for him he shared – seeing how locals live and what the maritime institute could do for this country.

Captain Gurusinghe is attached to the Academy until the end of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) between the Fiji National University, CINEC and Fiji Government, that is until December, 2019.

Sharing his views about the maritime institution, Captain Gurusinghe said: “This is a great place as the facility is well-equipped to train young boys and girls to the world standard of seafarers. With good training and education, I am sure in future, FMA officers will be equivalent to officers that are getting graduated from the other major maritime nations.”

About Captain Gurusinghe

–  Started career as a deck cadet in late 1990s at Colombo international nautical and engineering college, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

– Completed: Master Mariner Unlimited form Blackpool and the Fylde College, UK

– Member Of: Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute (AFNI)

– Member of company of Master Mariners (CMM), Sri Lanka

Work Background

– Employed with Wilhelmsen Ship Management Norway for nearly 25years and specialised on oil, chemical and gas tankers. During this period most of the time worked on ships that are owned by Transpetrol tanker management in Norway.

– Has trained as ship to ship transfer pilot for oil, chemical and gas takers.

 

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