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Two New Barges Acquired

All Barging & Marine (Fiji) Limited has recently acquired two additional barges for the company. Specialising in carting supplies to island hotels and resorts, the company bought two barges from
13 May 2015 08:08
Two New Barges Acquired
Kaiwai operations manager Mumtaz Ali.

All Barging & Marine (Fiji) Limited has recently acquired two additional barges for the company.

Specialising in carting supplies to island hotels and resorts, the company bought two barges from Sea-Tow Fiji Limited, a New Zealand based company, in December last year.

Acquired were the barges Kusima and Kaiwai to add to their only barge, Subriski.

Company operations manager, Muntaz Ali said they had to acquire the vessels to cater for the demand they receive from their clients.

“We have been carting food supplies, construction materials, fuel and machineries to resorts in Kadavu, Beqa and Wakaya. We also offer our services to islands in Vanua Levu,” Mr Ali said.

He said Kusima is the only barge based in Suva while the other two are based in Lautoka catering for islands in the Yasawas, Mamanucas and the western division.

As for the Kusima, he said they have a tight weekly schedule which includes spending only three days in Suva.

The rest of the days are spent at sea serving the outer islands.

Kusima has eight crew members.

“This business is doing great. Barging business brings in a lot of income for the company which is the reason why we had to buy two more barges to cater for the demand,” Mr Ali said.

“This is much better compared to passenger vessels which is more risky. We don’t have to worry about the food for the passengers and their welfare. It is costly compared to the barging business.”

Mr Ali said their barges are also available for hires and sometimes they are also hired by government.

The advantage of having barges to cart supplies to the islands is their ability to anchor off right on the shoreline making it easy to transport good to land.a

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