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10 Vessels On Average Per Month On Floating Dock

10 fishing vessels on average are slipped on Fiji’s floating dock “Naiqasiqasi” per month. This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun by general manager Mark Williams at his office yesterday.
14 Sep 2016 10:08
10 Vessels On Average Per Month On Floating Dock
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10 fishing vessels on average are slipped on Fiji’s floating dock “Naiqasiqasi” per month.

This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun by general manager Mark Williams at his office yesterday.

The Suva-based floating dock is operated by Industrial & Marine Engineering Ltd (IMEL), a division of Carpenters Fiji Ltd.

Mr Williams who had just started this year said the floating dock could repair other vessels.

For the time they took for repair works he said it would depend but on the average they took six to seven days.

The workers he said were professionals.

He said currently they were working on two fishing vessels and another two were on the side.

Mr Williams said that since the floating dock was the only one in the Pacific Islands apart from New Zealand and Australia, it was more economical for shipping companies operating within the region to send their ships for repairs to Fiji.

He said the choice was theirs but most companies usually look at the costs and they usually preferred Fiji as it was cheaper.

When asked about the Tongan inter-island ferry MV ‘Otuanga’ofa  he said they were waiting for the parts and as soon as they arrived they would contact Tonga.

He said the Tongan company had made a booking but when it the vessel would be docked for repairs was still to be decided.

In a report by Matangi Tonga it said the MV ‘Otuanga’ofa was expected to be docked in Fiji for the repairs on 25 September.

The floating commenced operation in March 2007.

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