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New Govt Vessel From Malaysia Soon

A new vessel for the Fiji government is expected to arrive into the country in August. A government delegation, led by the Permanent Secretary of Infrastructure and Transport Commander Francis
27 May 2015 08:07
New Govt Vessel From Malaysia Soon
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, with government officials during the launch of the Government vessel MV Vunilagi last year.

A new vessel for the Fiji government is expected to arrive into the country in August.

A government delegation, led by the Permanent Secretary of Infrastructure and Transport Commander Francis Kean is currently in Malaysia to check out the vessel which was launched last week.

The 40 metre utility vessel named ‘Cagivou’ – Fiji for ‘new wind’ – has been revealed to have cost the government $5.76 million (US$2.8 million).

The vessel is being built by the Sarawak shipbuilders at the Kian Juan Dockyard in Kuala Baram in Malaysia where the first two government vessels were bought from shipbuilders in Sibu last year.

Commander Kean said his team had been to Indonesia, Japan and Korea among other Asian countries in search of new vessels since 2013.

“We found our desired vessels in Sarawak, where the first two were produced by shipbuilders in Sibu,” he told The Borneo Post on May 20 after witnessing the ceremonial launching of the 40-metre utility vessel at Kian Juan Dockyard in Kuala Baram.

Commander Kean said the purchase was a significant investment by the Government of Fiji to continuously support the transport sector of the country’s economy.

“As an island nation, maritime transportation is vital for our country, to enable trade, movement of people, goods and services.

“Like the two other ships, Sigavou and Vunilagi purchased in 2014 from Sibu, the Cagivou will also play a critical role in the economic development of our country,” he said.

He disclosed that Cagivou will be used as transportation in development projects such as building of schools, hospitals as well as transporting people in the rural part of the country.

Commander Kean also urged the shipbuilder, the ship designer as well as their team to continue with the good work that they have and currently undertaking in bringing to a successful completion of the ship building project.

“The days ahead are critical and getting it right is paramount. As the owner representative, we trust that the remaining works of this project will be carried out in professional and timely manner,” he said.

Francis disclosed that the Fiji government will take delivery of the vessel after the end of July and the shipbuilders, within this one month period, will complete all the necessary work onboard the vessel before it is tested for trial sailing and depart for Fiji in August.

Meanwhile, the managing director of Kian Juan Dockyard Sdn Bhd, Lim Chee Leong in his opening address said they were honoured to be given the trust to produce a vessel for the Fiji government.

“We are honoured that they (Fiji Government) have faith in us in delivering them this vessel,” said hoping this will further enhance diplomatic ties between the government of Malaysia and Fiji.

He added that he is looking forward for more collaboration between the Fiji government and the private sectors here.

Touching on Kian Juan Dockyard, Lim said the shipbuilder has a number of clients from other countries and he is honoured that one of the client is the government of Fiji.

During the ceremony, Mr Kean carried out the tradition of breaking a champagne bottle against the vessel before in was launched into the water.

 

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