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Partnership With Aitkin Spence Yielding Results, Details Ali

The Fiji Ports Corporation Limited’s (FPCL) partnership with Sri Lanka’s Aitkin Spence has produced impressive results. The partnership has improved vessel productivity by 70 per cent and reduced vessel turnaround
04 Dec 2016 11:08
Partnership With Aitkin Spence Yielding  Results,  Details Ali
From left: Fiji Ports Corporation Limited retiree, Mele Moala, chairperson Shaheen Ali, and retiree Captain Nonu Versoni, during the gala dinner at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay Hotel last night. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga

The Fiji Ports Corporation Limited’s (FPCL) partnership with Sri Lanka’s Aitkin Spence has produced impressive results.

The partnership has improved vessel productivity by 70 per cent and reduced vessel turnaround time from 36 to 22 hours.

This also includes the reduction of vessel berthing time from six to one hour or less, time taken for customers to deliver or pick up containers has also been reduced to 15 minutes.

This was highlighted by the Fiji Ports Corporation Limited chairman, Shaheen Ali, during the company’s gala dinner last night at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay Hotel.

“The new management has worked tirelessly to upgrade and increase productivity and efficiency in managing our port resources and infrastructure,” he said.

“We are proud to say that productivity has increased by 30 per cent and marked improvement in turnaround time has effectively reduced the cost of doing business.

“By dividing operations between FPCL and FPTL, we have been able to ensure specific attention can be given to operations of the ports facility and the terminal operations.”

FPCL, from a fully public owned organisation, is now a commercial focused entity that is playing its part in taking Fiji forward.

Mr Ali said being located in the centre of the South Pacific, Fiji needed to take advantage of the location.

This, he said could be done by ensuring that our port facilitation and services were world class and of international standards.

“In this regard, we are slowly but surely overcoming inherited problems of the past, including lack of investment in our infrastructure and our people,” he said.

According to Mr Ali, those in power in times before were essentially corrupt and did not have the foresight and the vision to invest in our Ports.

“This led to depleted infrastructure, outdated machinery and lack of work-ethics, resulting in congestion, inefficiencies and ultimately costing the private sector and the economy.”

Mr Ali acknowledged all the staff members including the ones retiring from service.

“The improvements in productivity and the hard work and commitment put in by all of you have also resulted in exceptional levels of profits,” he said.

“With the increase in revenue and profits, FPCL has been able to share the success not just with its shareholders but also with the employees and workers of FPCL.”

List of  Awards:

Fiji Business Excellence Award 2015 – Achievement Level
Fiji Business Excellence Award 2016 – Prize Level
South Pacific Stock Exchange 2016 Annual Report Competition – Second Runner-Up
Green Awards for the Protection of Environment

Staff who will be retiring:

Mele Moala – Safety Assistant
Sitiveni Kirisimasi Namerua – Wharf Attendant
Captain Nonu Versoni – Pilot Boat Master
Wilisoni Pio Vakatalai Kotoisuva – Team Leader Technical

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