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Plans To Upgrade Slipway In Pipeline

The Marine Industrial and Structural Engineering Limited (MISEL) has long term plans to upgrade and expand its slipway. MISEL senior executive Kelepi Funilagi confirmed these plans yesterday. “It’s all in
26 Nov 2014 07:25
Plans To Upgrade Slipway In Pipeline
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The Marine Industrial and Structural Engineering Limited (MISEL) has long term plans to upgrade and expand its slipway.

MISEL senior executive Kelepi Funilagi confirmed these plans yesterday.

“It’s all in the pipeline and this is one of our long term plans that is to upgrade and expansion of our slipway so to broaden our service and also meeting local demands and the region.”

Mr Funilagi said the Walu Bay-based slipway has so far serviced 44 vessels with another four more to go until the end of December.

Of the 44 vessels, he said two were yachts (one super yacht and one over-sized catamaran), 28 fishing boats, two catamarans, eight pleasure boats and four landing barge.

From the figures noted, Mr Funilagi said more fishing vessels used their facility for their repair berth.

He said fishing vessels used their facility during maintenance period upon returning from sea and also for emergency cases when the boat hits the reef or is facing mechanical problem with its engine.

Mr Funilagi said most fishing vessels usually use their slipway urgently so that they are repaired to return to the fishing ground at the earliest. With two Super yachts choosing MISEL for services this year, this has boosted the image of MISEL.

“In fact we have had one Super Yacht (S/Y: TRIGGER) that came up for repairs on July 11, 2014 from South Africa on his voyage from Dubai the Emirate and Cruising in Fiji.

“The other, an oversized catamaran, Rebelle from America, cruising around the Fiji and the Pacific.

“And after satisfactory completion of all works the owner could not believe the remarkable workmanship that is available locally and was successfully done to international standards this could tarnish our local skilled workers and be marketed globally.”

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