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Boatbuilders To Adhere To Standards, Says Radravu

Boatbuilders To Adhere To Standards, Says Radravu
Fiji Ships and Heavy Industry workers try out the newly built fibre boat at the Walu Bay Mua-i-walu jetty. Photos: Nacanilei Tuilevuka
April 04
10:00 2018

Boat builders in Fiji should follow standard requirements of Maritime Aids to Navigation Regulation 2014.

This was the comment made by Fiji Ships and Heavy Industries Limited (FSHIL) operations manager Lopeti Radravu during the swab test press conference at FSHIL in Walu Bay, Suva last Wednesday.

FSHIL has resumed building fibreglass boats this year after a lapse of 50 years.

Mr Radravu said a fibre glass boat cannot submerge at sea when the standard requirements for boatbuilding are followed.

“The continuous report of loss of lives at sea and fibre glass boats has prompted us (FSHIL) to resume boatbuilding in Fiji again,” he said.

“This is to ensure that the standards of fibre glass boats are not compromised guaranteeing safety to the travelling public.

“The hull must have 12 layer thickness of chop-strand match. Most of the boats build nowadays have the longitudinal girder stops at the frames.

“Boat building law demands that the buoyancy should be adequate meaning that in any circumstance at sea, the boat should still remain or seen 100 meters above the water line.

“Materials used to build these are slippery so for any incidents there is little hope for passengers to cling onto the boat which is why FSHIL is ensuring that there are passengers’ grabber line on both sides of the boat,” he said.

The boats must be fully equipped with Life Saving Apparatus as required by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji and Fiji Fire Apparatus, he said.

The boats are selling between $9000 to $12,000.

He said FHSIL is setting the standard for ship repairing in the Pacific region based on safety and reliability of its services.

“We are always committed to meeting our customers’ needs as we strive to maintain a business culture that is customer focused.

“This is our edge that enables us to service local repairs and tapping into the region. When ship owners align themselves to our standard, they will always benefit from the end results, something they have always returned when their vessels need servicing or repairing,” he said.

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