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New Purchase Soon For Barge Company

All Barging & Marine (Fiji) Limited is looking at adding another new barge to their fleet of vessels. The company, a subsidiary of All Engineering Group of Companies, already has
20 May 2015 09:09
New Purchase Soon For Barge Company

All Barging & Marine (Fiji) Limited is looking at adding another new barge to their fleet of vessels.

The company, a subsidiary of All Engineering Group of Companies, already has three barges to its name

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

This is to add to their only barge Subriski.

Acquired were the barges Kusima and Kaiwai.

Operation manager, Muntaz Ali told Sun Shipping that they would soon buy their fourth barge. This is due to the increase in demand for their services.

“We are looking at buying another barge in the near future,” Mr Ali said.

“We haven’t identified it as yet but this will be done as soon as the payment for our latest acquisition is recovered. Payment for Kusima and Kaiwai is just about to be done.”

He said they purchased the two barges because they have had many chartered trips and despite having extra barges, the demand was still increasing.

“We have been carting food supplies, construction materials, fuel and machineries to resorts in Kadavu, Beqa, Naigani 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 were 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.

 

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