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Fiji Ports Disaster Committee Meet Today

FiFiji Ports Terminal Limited will take the necessary action should Fiji face the brunt of Tropical Cyclone Pam. The Fiji Ports Disaster Committee consists of Fiji Ports Terminal and Fiji
11 Mar 2015 08:01
Fiji Ports Disaster Committee Meet Today
Queen Victoria arrived on March 4 carrying a 1182 passengers, Pacific Agencies is a representative of the vessel

FiFiji Ports Terminal Limited will take the necessary action should Fiji face the brunt of Tropical Cyclone Pam.

The Fiji Ports Disaster Committee consists of Fiji Ports Terminal and Fiji Ports Corporation Limited representatives who will meet today to assess the movements of the cyclone.

It is a 10-member team headed by Harbour Master Captain Laisiasa.

Fiji Ports Terminal manager, Jokini Taoi, said: “We are following the weather forecast by the Fiji Meteorological Service in Nadi. Hence, we’ve taken precautionary measures as it comes to light.”

Containers at the terminal were stacked in a way to avoid overturn or damage in the Port of Suva and Port of Lautoka container yard.

“We also always work hand-in-hand with shipping principals and agencies and other stakeholders when the need arises,” Mr Taoi said.

“We look forward to the co-operation of stakeholders at such a time as this.”

Ships respond

Shipping lines and agencies too have taken necessary steps in light of the cyclone.

Campbell’s Shipping Agency general manager Rona Campbell said: “We only have one vessel in port at the moment.

“We hope to complete operations and get her out by today. As agents we provide regular updates on the weather and provide assistance if required.

Neptune Pacific Line managing director, Rolf Rasmussen said its vessels constantly does checks on vessels and will eventually go to safe anchorages or avoid weather altogether.

“Capitaine Cook is due Suva on Friday on schedule, then to Lautoka. Capitaine Tasman is in Suva, then to Apia so will be gone before the weather warning window.

The company will have an internal review today to make sure all employees are safe and plans are in place, he added.

Pacific Agencies (Fiji) Limited general manager Craig Strong said: “From an Agency perspective we see ourselves as an essential service.

“It is critical that we are functional throughout and are able to perform our agency services be it ships agents, customs clearance, logistics and forwarding.

“We have an established business continuity plan in place which deals with a number of scenarios including cyclones

There are no vessels due into Port of Suva or Lautoka of the agency until the rest of the week.

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