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Goundar Confirms Another Vessel To Arrive

The owner and managing director of Goundar Shipping Limited Mr George Goundar in the company’s 5th anniversary celebration inside the Lomaiviti Princess 1 on Monday announced that another new vessel
14 Sep 2016 10:03
Goundar Confirms  Another Vessel To Arrive
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The owner and managing director of Goundar Shipping Limited Mr George Goundar in the company’s 5th anniversary celebration inside the Lomaiviti Princess 1 on Monday announced that another new vessel will arrive into the country this year.

Speaking to the workers the owner he said they needed to be positive in their work.

“Ask yourself what you can do for company not what the company going to do for you,” he said.

He thanked the crews of his three vessels Lomaiviti Princess 1, 2 and 3, the families who had been supporting the company and all those who had also been supporting the company.

Captain of the Lomaiviti Princess 1, Mika Labalaba said he was happy to be part of the celebration.

He said he had been with the vessel two years and he enjoyed his work.

The Lomaiviti Princess 1 he said was easy to operate especially in bad weather with the new technology at the wheel house.

He had been working as a seafarer in overseas and in the South Pacific for 34 years and now was back in Fiji working for Goundar Shipping Limited.

According to Mr Labalaba, Mr Goundar has made a right choice to set up his shipping business in Fiji.

“I must thank Mr Goundar for setting up his business and has created more job opportunities especially to young students coming out from the Cadet School at Fiji Maritime Academy,” he said.

20-year-old Anitekini Bai from Waivou, Rewa is one of the deck cadets at the Lomaiviti Princess I.

He is doing his Masters in Nautical Science at the Fiji Maritime Academy and is on his first industrial attachment in this vessel.

This is his 7 months of attachments so he has to complete 1 year of his industrial attachments, before going back to school.

For deck-cadet he said he learnt all things about sailing and included nautical aids and navigational equipments. He wants to be a ship captain one day.

“I like sailing in this vessel because some of the electronic equipments that this vessel has is not available in other ships,” he said.

Meanwhile Mr Goundar had started his shipping business in Fiji in 2010 after spending 27 years in Canada. Five years on three of his vessels are in operation.

He said when he started many people hated him and that was one of the challenges he still faced today.

Mr Gounda, and his company celebrated its 5th anniversary promised to look after the welfare of his workers on his three boats and in the office.

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