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FSHI Signs One-Year Contract With Agriculture Ministry

Fiji Ships & Heavy Industries recently has signed a one-year contract with the land and Water Resources Management Division to repair the Ministry of Agricuture’s pontoons in Rewa and Labasa.
06 May 2015 09:20
FSHI Signs One-Year Contract With Agriculture Ministry

Fiji Ships & Heavy Industries recently has signed a one-year contract with the land and Water Resources Management Division to repair the Ministry of Agricuture’s pontoons in Rewa and Labasa.

 

1st objective

Manager Operation Lopeti Radravu said the heavy industry contract is meeting one element of its Strategic Objective- To Build Strategic Partnerships to Improve Quality and Responsiveness.

It was one of the three such high-level strategic objectives for 2015.

With this objective in view, Fiji Ships has been approached by a major Korean ship building company through the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism to express their interest.

This is to explore the possibility of Korean ship building in Fiji.

The move has been welcomed by management and staff as a way forward to revitalize ship building in Fiji.

This would create more jobs and increase the flow of foreign currency into the country.

Another element to the capture is that at least one complete refit every six months has been met with the signing of the agreement with Captain Cook Cruises Limited.

It agreement would undertake the refitting of the Spirit of the Pacific, a 108-goof topsail schooner, originally commissioned as a sail training vessel in New Zealand. It is now operating in the Mamanucas and Yasawa Islands.

Fiji Ships is also meeting the 80 per cent minimum slipway usage objective with staff working strategically around the wet weather for which Suva is known for.

 

2nd Objective

The second high-level objective is to modernise infrastructure, build capacity for the subsidiary and source funding for the slipway extension.

Mr Radravu said the local and regional shipping companies are investing increasing in larger vessels.

This makes it imperative that Fiji Ships is able to offer services to cater for these larger ships by adding 5000-tonne capacity pr a graving dockyard.

Fiji Ships has met with the local and regional shipping companies to gather dimension data to justify investigating the options of a graving dock, travel lift and/or a floating dock.

A graving or dry dock can have the water drained out allowing the inspection and repair of a ship’s hull.

A floating dock is a submersible, floating structure that can be raised after a ship enters, again allowing for inspection and repairs in dry conditions.

A travel lift is similar to a crane, capable of lifting a vessel out of the water in slings and placing it in a repair area onshore.

All these options, Mr Radravu said would contribute to a faster turnaround time for ship repairs, which can also be repaired without having to off-load everything as the normal practice on a slipway.

 

3rd Objective

Mr Radravu is also currently engaged in to meet the third high-level objective, The development and implementation of a long-term Master Plan for Fiji Ships.

Mr Radravu said as part of the company’s commitment to striving for success was the completion of its International Standard Organisation (ISO) Quality Management System (QMS) Gap Analysis.

This is a standard operating procedures and is part of the company’s journey towards ISO accreditation, with the aim of joining the Fiji Buisiness Excellence Awards in 2016.

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