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Southern Pearl To Be Replaced

  The cargo vessel MV Southern Pearl will be replaced in 2018. This was confirmed in a release from Pacific Direct Line (PDL) International Pte Limited yesterday. PDL Owners Representative,
08 Mar 2017 11:00
Southern Pearl To Be Replaced
MV Southern Pearl.

 

The cargo vessel MV Southern Pearl will be replaced in 2018.

This was confirmed in a release from Pacific Direct Line (PDL) International Pte Limited yesterday.

PDL Owners Representative, Michelle Brunt, told the Fiji Sun that – “Signaling its commitment to the development of these trades in areas the vessel served. PDL has purchased a brand new ship which is currently under construction and will replace the Southern Pearl in 2018.”

The new purpose built ship he said would be bigger, faster and with a shallow draft and wide beam ideally suited to these unique trades.

According to Mr Burnt PDL operates the vessel, MV Southern Pearl, which calls in Lautoka and Suva

Ports every 18 days. “She calls at Wallis Island, Futuna, Funafuti, Tarawa and Majuro before returning to Fiji.”

PDL he adds is represented in Fiji by Transam Fiji Limited, a local company employing more than thirty staff in both Suva and Lautoka.

The main cargoes carried by the Southern Pearl he said were building materials and foodstuffs from Asia, New Zealand and Australia hubbing over Fiji Ports and on to Wallis and Futuna, Funafuti, Tarawa and Majuro. “Fiji also exports many products to these destinations including cement and hardware plus various manufactured goods.”

Inbound cargoes to Fiji from Wallis and Futuna, Funafuti and Tarawa he said were limited but included copra, coconut oil, personal effects but mainly empty containers as the trade was predominantly one way.

PDL is committed to Fiji through its investment in Transam, in CRS Container Depots, its recent investment in Williams and Gosling, and its choice of Fiji as its major hubbing location for its services throughout the Pacific. With seven vessels calling though Fiji on regular liner services, PDL has more than 250 ship calls per annum in Fiji, the most of any shipping line in the region.

Built in 2003, the MV Southern Pearl has a top speed of 15 knots and capacity for up to 513 containers and 60 refrigerated containers.

The vessel was called the Capitaine Wallis until 2011 September and Pac Natuna until April 2003.

MV Southern Pearl arrived at Suva Port on Monday (March 06 and will leave for Lautoka Port on Wednesday (March 08).



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