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Third Sugar Shipment Loaded In Labasa

Third Sugar Shipment Loaded In Labasa
The third sugar shipment for this season was loaded onto the bulk carrier MV Tunsin at Malau Wharf in Labasa on August 9. Photo:SHRATIKA SINGH
August 10
11:00 2017

The third sugar shipment for this season was loaded onto the bulk carrier MV Tunsin yesterday at Malau Wharf in Labasa.

Fiji Sugar Corporation chief operating officer Navin Chandra said the vessel bound for Cadiz in Spain, berthed at the jetty on Tuesday night.

“We will load 17,500 tonnes of sugar from Labasa FSC mill and 18,450 tonnes from Lautoka FSC mill for a total cargo of 35,950 tonnes,” Mr Chandra said.

“The vessel is expected to sail for Lautoka on Friday.

“We expect the vessel to sail out of Lautoka for Spain around Tuesday next week.”

“This is the third shipment for the season as we had also done a small shipment of 1,480 tonnes of sugar to the United States of America from Lautoka on July 12,” he said.

“We are expecting to make another four shipments of sugar for the season with one shipment to USA and three shipments to European Union (United Kingdom, Spain and Netherland.

“FSC is able to meet the shipment schedule required by our buyers.”

Labasa Mill

Meanwhile, Mr Chandra revealed that Labasa mill is expected to close for the crushing season around the second half of November.

However, he said they need to accelerate on the supply of cane especially on Sundays to avoid issues in the later part of the year.

“At the moment our season length is being pushed out which will come at a very high cost and will also mean that we could be operational in peak rainy season,” he said.

“All growers and harvesting gangs are encouraged to maximise supply especially in weekends.

“We also encourage mechanical harvesters to work outside peak hours to get quicker turnaround of trucks.

“Labasa mill has crushed over 300,000 tonnes of cane making 33,000 tonnes of sugar at Tonne of Cane per Tonne of Sugar (TCTS) of 9.45.”

Edited by: Selita Bolanavanua



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