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Piyasena Highlights Country Report At Maritime Meet

Fiji stands a good chance of being the most suited regional hub given the recent changes and implementations over the past year. At the 39th Pacific Maritime Transport held in
19 Nov 2014 09:36
Piyasena Highlights Country Report At Maritime Meet
Vessel Tropical Islander in Suva Harbour. Photo: RAMA

Fiji stands a good chance of being the most suited regional hub given the recent changes and implementations over the past year.

At the 39th Pacific Maritime Transport held in Niue, Fiji Ports Corporation Limited chief executive, Vajira Piyasena told of some of the structural reforms undertaken at our ports.

He said this was to streamline the corporation’s processes as enabled through the its public-private-partnership with Sri Lanka’s Aitken Spence now managing Ports Terminal Limited.

Given its shift to a Landlord Port Model, Mr Piyasena said there was likely more investments to be undertaken now that Aitken Spence was solely dedicated in terminal operations.

“We may invest in other areas like providing some warehousing in Lautoka for example. But the only thing when we do the strategic planning process, we consider all the factors.”

He said these factors include internal and external reforms which they are rolling out slowly. Most of these processes may take a bit of time, he added given their magnitude.

“We have to do some organisational structure changes and things like the use of technology and knowledge management,” Mr Piyasena said.

“Because of the time the information that had been here for a long time when it was the Port Authority of Fiji and other like the construction details of these wharves which had been done a long time back.”

Mr Piyasena said to do this they’re working on technological systems like setting up an inventory system where an account of major activities, if not all, at the port dating to its establishment.

“So we have to put up some systems to safeguard the knowledge…when people were working on certain things like cost estimates and the knowledge that people had.”

Overall the upgrade of new technologies is required so as to be consistent with the changes taking place, he added.

On the external front, Mr Piyasena said: “What we are looking at is considering external changes like emerging environment, emerging market and how PTL is doing and all those things.

About the Alliance

The five-day meeting highlighted issues on safety and security of all ships navigating the vast Pacific Ocean are crucial for maritime transportation and trade within the region.

This was to ensure improve safety and security, ports and infrastructure providers need to embrace a business outlook.

The meeting is was held in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Government of Niue.

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