SHIPPING

Adhere To Schedule, Hill Tells Ship Owners, Says MSAF

MSAF is calling on local ship operators to adhere to their berthing and departure schedules to avoid congestions at the Natovi, Nabouwalu jetties and Ellington wharf.
23 Oct 2019 15:43
Adhere To Schedule, Hill Tells Ship Owners, Says MSAF
Spirit of Harmony disembarks at the Natovi Jetty.

The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) is calling on local ship operators to adhere to their berthing and departure schedules to avoid congestions at the Natovi, Nabouwalu jetties and Ellington wharf.

MSAF acting Chief Executive Officer Captain Phillip Hill made the statement as more than two shipping operators are now operating from the first two mentioned jetties.

Concerns were also raised by members of the travelling public on having to wait out at the harbour as another shipping operator delays loading at the jetty and or wharf.

Captain Hill said it was important for ship operators to adhere to their schedules to avoid the issue of congestion.

“So far, we have not received any formal complaints from the public on the issue of port congestion,” Captain Hill said.

“However, we have been emphasising this lot of times and we will continue to do so. As long as the vessels run on schedules there should not be any excuse for other vessels and travellers to safely berth into their destinations on time,” he said.

Meanwhile Goundar Shipping Limited (GSL) and Patterson Brothers Shipping Company Limited are now both operating from Ellington Wharf in Rakiraki for Nabouwalu.

Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) had earlier maintained that the wharf was a public facility owned by them.

Lomaiviti Princess 6 now operates everyday leaving Ellington wharf at 10 am and departs from Nabouwalu for Ellington wharf at 2pm the same day.

GSL charges $45 while PBSCL charges $55 one way.

Spirit of Love operates from Ellington on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays leaving at 11pm for Nabouwalu.

Mr Hill said they were working closely with the relevant Government ministry to ensure that operations run smoothly.

“The Maritime Safety Authority together with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport are working on refining the schedules in these jetties.

“We are working hard on this issue as the festive season also approaches.”

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