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Vessels Target MISEL Slipway

Fishing vessels that are registered in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are coming to Fiji to undergo repair works. Marine Industrial Structural Engineering Limited (MISEL) senior executive Kelepi
25 Nov 2015 10:09
Vessels Target MISEL Slipway

Fishing vessels that are registered in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are coming to Fiji to undergo repair works.
Marine Industrial Structural Engineering Limited (MISEL) senior executive Kelepi Funilagi said yesterday that this had caught them by surprise.
“This is despite the new regulations set by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF), these foreign owned vessels have actually compiled with it as they want to utilise our slipway to undergo their annual checks and repairs as well,” Mr Funilagi said.
“Now we have these fishing vessels that have booked with us and right now our slipway is fully-booked right up to early next year.”
Mr Funilagi said most of these fishing vessel owners had indicated that it was cheaper for them to have their repair works done in Fiji.
“In PNG, Vanuatu or Solomon Islands most of the marine paints or parts they use are actually brought from here so the charges are relatively high, and it’s quite economical for them to sail to Suva.”
He said MISEL is like a one-stop shop where everything ranging from marine paints, antifouling single, fiberglass, welding, cutting and grinding consumables and many more are all done under one roof.
“Other services are provided by other marine-related businesses that operate from our building as well.”
LONG TERM PLAN
The MISEL slipway can only cater for vessels that weigh less than 100 tonnes. Mr Funilagi however, indicated the company is still committed to its long term plan to construct a bigger slipway to accommodate bigger vessels.
“We’ve seen the need to extend the slipway but to have a bigger one we are also looking for space to be able to do it. Again it’s our long term plan and we still very much like to see that it becomes a reality.”
TRAINING
MISEL has taken in eight students to do their attachment. Mr Funilagi said four of the students are from Fiji National University while the other four attend Latter Day Saints Vocational College.
“It’s a coincidence because way back MISEL was where most locals come and do their training on ship-related matters like engineering, welders, fitting and machinists and so on,”
“The students have to achieve a certain set of hours on their practical work and what makes it better for them is the experience they gain by working with some of the most experienced workers here at MISEL,” he added.

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