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Ports Back In Speedy Operations

In a bid to continue improving local port services and efficiency, the Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) successfully re-opened operations at the shortest possible time, following the severe Tropical Cyclone
09 Mar 2016 08:30
Ports Back In Speedy Operations
MV Sinu-I-Wasa partially under water at PAFCO’s wharf in Levuka

In a bid to continue improving local port services and efficiency, the Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) successfully re-opened operations at the shortest possible time, following the severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

FPCL chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena attributed the success to his team of hardworking staff who all contributed to fast tracking operations to normalcy in just a day after the cyclone.

In addition, Mr Piyasena said shipping operators and vessel owners also played a role in adhering to their instructions of berthing outside the port boundaries.

“We had several emergency teams on call on the night of the cyclone making sure that our ports were in order.

“They worked tirelessly and made sure that no mishaps happened during the height of the cyclone,” Mr Piyasena said.

While no major mishaps occurred at the Port of Suva and Port of Lautoka, Mr Piyasena said the incident at Levuka’s PACFCO port was unfortunate.

“The partial sinking of the Sinu-I-Wasa 1 at this port is an indication of non-adherence to our berthing policies during a cyclone.”

He explained that all vessels must have sought shelter away from the port boundaries to avoid similar incidents which can be a costly exercise.

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