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GRT Of Vessels Increase Significantly

GRT Of Vessels Increase Significantly
Port of Suva.
May 16
16:18 2018

 

In 2016, Port of Suva recorded a total 1275 vessels movements.

It was a slight increase from the number of vessels received by the port in 2015 which recorded 1197 vessels; both well up from 2014’s arrivals of 783.

According to Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) Annual Report 2016, chief executive office Vajira Piyasena said  wheat and clinker vessels received at Suva Port remained high in 2016 of 18 per cent.

The number of vessels confidently confirms that 24 vessels called in every week at the capital city port.

“Liquid bulk has remained steady at seven per cent of calls for the past two years, as have cruise liner calls at four per cent in both 2015 and 2016,” Mr Piyasena said.

“The Port of Suva has seen a drastic increase in the number of fishing vessels, at 60 per cent of all calls that year, a trend that has occurred the past two years,” he said.

“The increase in the number of fishing vessels at the Port of Suva has been attributed to the increase in world market prices for tuna and the re-licensing of United States purse seine vessels.

“Of note, and against the trend of previous years, was the increase in total Gross Register Tonnage (GRT) for 2016 which was recorded at a significant 11,417,000 GRT,” he said.

He said the number of vessel movements at the Port of Lautoka decreased slightly to 380 down from the previous year where 414 movements were recorded.

“Port of Lautoka is the largest of Fiji’s Ports for handling bulk cargo primarily for bulk sugar, molasses, wood-chip, petroleum and gas. The Port also services the shipping needs of Western Viti Levu and is the base for some of Fiji’s premier cruise businesses,” he said.

“The Port of Lautoka is also becoming a significant cruise liner destination registering more calls every year.

“Significantly, the GRT increased from 5136,000 in 2015 to 6106,000 in 2016. The number of vessel movements to the port over the last three years has not altered significantly; however, an increase in vessels GRT is noted.

“This increase is due primarily to the increase in cruise vessels with large GRT.

The slight decrease in numbers of vessel calls is due to the decrease in fishing vessels arrivals.

“This has been attributed to the fact that a primary foreign-owned fishing company, established in Lautoka in 2013, wound up its operations

“As is the trend over the years, container vessels and liquid bulk tankers continue to dominate calls at the Lautoka Port. Dry Bulk, sugar, woodchip vessels, and container plus car carrier vessels remain constant.

“The arrival of passenger vessels (cruise-liners) incurred a slight increase in accordance with the vessel principle bookings and preference as well as weather conditions.”

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