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New Govt Vessel Next Year

New Govt Vessel Next Year
A multipurpose vessel in Malaysia. Photo: Service Vessels
April 19
11:00 2017

 

A new Government multipurpose vessel will be delivered from Malaysia next year.

This was confirmed by the Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport, Paul Bayly, yesterday.

The contract, he said had been signed by him and the director Government Shipping Services, Josese Lawaniyasana  with the contractor Eastern Marine Ship Building (EMSB).

The work he said would begin as the signing was also part of the keel laying ceremony.

In an earlier release it said the signing of the contract and keel laying of the new Government multi-purpose vessel hull number EM 120 was on 20 March 2017 at EMSB yard in Sibu, Malaysia.

EM 150 stands for Eastern Marine and 120 represent the 120th vessel that EMSB will be constructing.

It adds that the vessel is built under classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK) which is an independent and non-profitable regulatory body that is empowered to certify ships according to International Maritime Organization standards.

The multi-purpose vessel is designed and will be built to serve the purpose of providing quick relief response and basic medical services during the aftermath of natural disasters, medical outreach programs or disease outbreaks.

Lessons learned from the events of natural disasters in the past years have provided incentive to modernize Fiji’s disaster response capabilities and make disaster response more proactive rather than reactive.

In this regard, there is a real need for Government to have a multi – purpose vessel in providing timely response to affected areas.

The new vessel is designed to not only cart relief supplies such as general cargoes and water, but it will also be used for maintenance and repair works on light houses and beacon  in Fiji waters and more importantly, will have medical support capability.

The vessel is to provide minor hospital operation services to support Fiji in disaster relief and humanitarian operations. It contains a fully equipped operating room and recovery room and can carry up to 40 passengers.

The vessel has the capacity of transporting 316 tonnes of water to drought stricken islands and can also cart a maximum of 250 tonnes of general cargoes.

The construction of the vessel is expected to take one year.

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