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Multi-Purpose Vessel Captain Commends Port Services

The captain onboard the multi-purpose vessel Coral Islander has commended on the services offered at our shipping ports of entry. Coral Islander is owned by Kyowa Shipping Co. Ltd. Its
13 May 2015 08:22
Multi-Purpose Vessel Captain Commends Port Services
Carpenters Shipping Boarding Officer Viliame Vafoou and Coral Islander Captain Francisco Alcantara.

The captain onboard the multi-purpose vessel Coral Islander has commended on the services offered at our shipping ports of entry.

Coral Islander is owned by Kyowa Shipping Co. Ltd. Its agent is Carpenters Shipping (Fiji) Limited.

Onboard through an arranged tour yesterday, Sun Shipping posed the question to newly-promoted Captain Francisco Alcantara Jnr.

Captain Alcantara Jnr has made a number of visits to Fiji since he was a 3rd Officer in 2008.

He said the quick-to-response services by the Fiji Ports Corporation Limited and Fiji Ports Terminal Limited was at par with what he described as that of ‘richer countries’.

“Korea and Japan are but some nations in the world that provide excellent shipping services,” he said.

“I’ve travelled to a lot of countries. In my view this shows the level of emphasis and commitment that your country (Fiji) has in shipping. That is commendable.”

By contrast, Korea has 16 ports of entry; the more common one known in this part of the world is Port of Busan.  Japan has 292 ports; the more commonly known ones are Port of Tokyo, Port of Kobe and Port of Yokohama. Port of Tokyo lies at the head of Tokyo Bay on Honshu Island’s Pacific coast.

Fiji has two main international ports of entry – Port of Suva and Port of Lautoka.

Malau Port occasionally receives break bulk vessels especially for bauxite and sugar shipment, Port Vuda for fuel and Port Denarau in Nadi for cruise ships.

Coral Islander is a roll-on roll-off vessel that carried 20 crew members. She discharged 1061.1 metric tonnes of cargo, is transiting 3624.3 metric tonnes and loaded 800 metric tonnes.

It left for Tonga on the same day.

Captain Alcantara Jnr said: “The ship’s uniqueness in that it is a multi-purpose vessel allows cargo flexibility which is an efficient way to transport goods from one destination to another.

“This vessel is 13 years old. But I can see that it has been very well-maintained. Usually the lifespan of a vessel would take about 10 to 20 years.

“With the maintenance level of the Coral Islander, it’s estimated to last up to 20 years which is good.”

 

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