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Private Sector Makes Submission For Suva Port To Be Converted To A Garden Promenade

Private Sector Makes Submission For Suva Port To Be Converted To A Garden Promenade
The Port of Suva South Gate.
October 15
11:31 2014

A private sector group has made a submission for the Port of Suva to be converted into a garden promenade for cruise ship passengers.

The submission was presented during the Special Budget Forum held at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva recently. It was organised by the Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

The group said: “The Port of Suva needs to be upgraded and the surrounding areas as well to accommodate the cruise liners and passengers.

“There should be an establishment of a passenger’s port terminal to cater for the tourist.

“Also the relocation of the fish market to the main municipal market so that the fish market can be converted to a garden promenade for cruise ship passengers.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, said whilst some issues raised were generally known, there were some that would obviously be very useful for the formulation of the 2015 National Budget.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Ports Corporation Ltd has recognised the fact that the Ports of Suva and Lautoka are multi-purposely used.

Company chief security and operations officer, Captain Jeke Vakararawa said: “Even though Suva and Lautoka ports are general purpose ports, there are no dedicated cruise vessel facilities.

“But we have managed to accommodate the cruise liners and balance it.”

The company prioritises the berthing of cruise liners then cargo vessels and other vessels as well.

“For berthing priorities we are giving first priority to cruise vessels. This means if a cargo vessel is offloading, we give a window of two hours to stop it and they move out before a cruise vessel comes in,” he said.

“We are balancing that although there are some hiccups with the shipping agents. But we look at cruise liners as a priority because we can keep the cargo and the cargo vessels can anchor out.

“We can’t keep the cruise liners with its 2000 passengers to wait out in the harbour so that’s why we give them first priority.”

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