Parana, Makes First Call To Fiji

Port of Suva was a definite hub of excitement the past week as the magnificent car carrier Parana, a two-and-a-half year old vessel, made her first voyage to our shores.
08 Oct 2014 10:57
Parana, Makes First Call To Fiji
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Port of Suva was a definite hub of excitement the past week as the magnificent car carrier Parana, a two-and-a-half year old vessel, made her first voyage to our shores.

The vessel arrived on a special chartering arrangement by principals Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd and was chartered from German shipping company, Reederei Ferndinand Laeisz.

Parana offloaded 215 cars, both brand new and second-hand, mainly from Japan and Korea through local agents, Carpenters Shipping Limited.

Vessel master, Captain Kostyantyn Shaparev, commended the efforts undertaken by Fiji Ports Corporation Limited for a well-steered maneuvering when asked his thoughts on port facilitation.

“I don’t know much about it but I spent two hours on the bridge with the pilot (Laisiasa Gonewai) who was very professional and I was very satisfied with his service and his service of the tug boat.

“He made a perfect berth, very soft and very accurate and I hope that all other management and agencies of the port facilities have the same level like him,” Captain Shaparev commended.

Captain Shaparev is originally from Ukraine but lives in Canada. He has had 10 years of experience in the field.

He added that it was very rare that the vessel would make a sudden voyage to our shores.

“Usually the vessel we work on is chartered and right now we are working for MOL and we do trade between Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

“It is very rare that the company would charter the vessel unless they found the cargo,” he said.

“Our charter MOL (Mitsui O.S.K. Lines ) has worked before with Fiji about ten years ago and since that 10 years, they did do make any business.

“And now the principal has found business in Fiji. Perhaps there will be more calls in future.”

Increased vehicle imports

Captain Shaparev’s comments underlines Carpenters Shipping’s views on the increased vehicle imports in recent times.

In an earlier interview with Carpenters Shipping general manager, Manikam Narain, said this year saw a big increase in vehicle shipments both new and second hand.

One reason was due to Government incentives and also because car companies wanted to import vehicles before the release of the next budget.

Parana features

The vessel can carry up to 5000 average-sized vehicles.

There are 13 decks and 11 of these are car decks. We have three movable decks where the panels can be shifted in different positions depending on the height of the vehicle.

The vessels is not limited to loading only cars, but also buses, heavy machinery and other large equipment.


There were 22 crew members onboard.

There was a chief engineer from Germany, two Russian officers, the second officer and the chief officer, and 18 Philippino crew including four officers from there as well.

The principal usually employs officers from Germany, Eastern Europe like Russia, Ukraine, Macedonia, sometimes Serbia, from the Baltic states and they have crew members from Philippino, Kiribati and Tuvalu.”

Crew members from Kiribati and Tuvalu usually work on container vessel or bulk carrier.

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