SUNBIZ

Ports Terminal Urges All for Common Goal

Ports Terminal Limited has called on all stakeholders in the shipping industry to work together and work towards a common goal for a better future. This was the call by
07 Jan 2015 10:20
Ports Terminal Urges  All for Common Goal

Ports Terminal Limited has called on all stakeholders in the shipping industry to work together and work towards a common goal for a better future.

This was the call by operations manager, Nabeel Ali, when asked of what Ports Terminal needed in order to achieve its goals.

He said ships were getting bigger as well as other ports too.

But what needed to be prioritised for Fiji’s good was streamlining before forging ahead with amibitious plans for instance, increasing the size of our ports.

“I want Fiji’s ports to be a recognised port, I would say, in the Pacific region,” Mr Ali said.

“Everyone should talk about it. Right now it’s a bit low but I want everyone to talk about the Fiji ports. And that is my target.

“We have a fair amount of berth area and yard area where we could develop. First we target that and try to streamline things on the capability with what we have, and then we can look at it in a big way.”

Mr Ali’s comments follow questions regarding the possible extension of the port and how viable that could be in the long term.

He said while our ports weren’t enough to accommodate larger ships, it was best to make do with with the available one but capitalise on it to its full potential.

“We need to do it fast. Time is running. Things are changing day by day. The ships are getting larger and we need to come to a standard port,” he suggested.

“My CEO’s (Hasthika Bandara Dela) comment about two weeks back on being ‘hungry for productivity’ sums up our plans as we will also and always be hungry and hunt for productivity.

“We are now hunting process putting all together bits and pieces and definitely by the end of this year, most of the people who are current users will be see a different port.

“It’s a bit tough, it will be some sleepless nights I guess but definitely as a team we can reach this target.I will definitely work towards it.” Fiji Ship Owners Agency Association chairman, Craig Strong said: “We have a very healthy working relationship with PTL in this regard and have been extremely proactive in ensuring we have regular talanoa sessions with PTL.

“We have a good working relationship with them because we understand the congruency of our goals.”

 

Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: