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Lomaiviti Princess III To Go For Maintenance In NZ

Lomaiviti Princess III To Go For Maintenance In NZ
Lomaiviti Princess IV at Port Mua-i-Walu on May 23, 2017. Photo: Taraivini Seru
May 24
11:09 2017

The Lomaiviti Princess III will go to New Zealand for major maintenance works costing Goundar Shipping Limited (GSL) almost US$1.5 million. This was confirmed by managing director George Goundar.

“This renovation work happens every four years so that we as the service providers are able to provide better services to our customers,” he said.

He said the vessel would also go through underwater inspection. The repair works according to Mr Goundar would not take long.

“Approximately, it will take three weeks for the vessel to be ready.”

The vessel he said would be taken to Devonport, the naval base in Auckland, for maintenance and would resume services by the end of June.

The ship he said would go to New Zealand on June 7.

Mr Goundar said the people of Fiji could expect better services by the shipping company once renovations on Lomaiviti Princess were completed.

Meanwhile the Lomaiviti Princess IV is currently under repair in Suva after it ran aground on a reef between Taveuni and Buca Bay in Vanua Levu last Thursday.

The damage caused according to Mr Goundar was worth $10,000.

He said the Lomaiviti Princess IV ran aground when it was travelling from Taveuni to Buca Bay as crew members were taking precautionary measures regarding Tropical Cyclone Ella which was expected to make landfall later that night.

Mr Goundar said the Lomaiviti Princess IV would be out of action for two months.

He said there was no oil leakage from the ship therefore it did not pose any damage to the marine life.

All the 8 crew members were safe.

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