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MISEL Slipway Hopes To Improve Machinery At Workshop Soon

In a bid to improve their productivity and deliver timely service, the Walu Bay-based slipway, Marine Industrial Structural Engineering Limited (MISEL) has plans to update equipment and machinery in their
06 Sep 2017 11:00
MISEL Slipway Hopes To Improve Machinery At Workshop Soon
Wakaya Island Resort budge Vai undergoing maintainence at the Marine Industrial Structural Engineering Limited slipway in Walu Bay, Suva on August 5, 2017. Photo: Taraivini Seru

In a bid to improve their productivity and deliver timely service, the Walu Bay-based slipway, Marine Industrial Structural Engineering Limited (MISEL) has plans to update equipment and machinery in their workshop soon.

MISEL is now into their 20th year of services and has so far eliminated challenges it faced over the years.

Company representative Kenneth Taliu said that they have managed to eliminate the shortage of materials issue needed to work on visiting vessels.

“To save the hassle on the lack of materials that we faced in the past, we liaise with ship owners to provide the materials beforehand or order them so that when they arrive, the materials are available to start work,” Mr Taliu said.

He said they have also managed to provide better and timely services that pleases vessel owners.

The areas that needed to be improved in their workshop included the need for updated equipment and machinery.

“We hope to improve our machinery for painting so it will help us work within the given time frame,” Mr Taliu said.

The company has two slipways; one for 100 tonne and below vessels and the smaller slipway caters for vessels below 60 tonnes.

Developments are currently underway to changing the smaller slipways to allow better operations of smaller vessels.

“It used to be a wooden slipway before. We are now working on making a steel slipway to help us pull up smaller vessels without difficulty,” Mr Taliu added.

According to Mr Taliu, operations from January to August have picked up and they are content with their services.

“We were having a slower period before then, but we’ve had a lot of boats come up now for servicing and that has kept us going.”

More than 20 vessels have been serviced at their slipway so far this year.

“We normally have a vessel come and stay for a week, that is kind of the length of how long a vessel is up on our slipway. Almost every week we have had a vessel up on our slipway.

The company provides a one-stop shop services throughout the country and also to other parts of the Pacific region because all their services are accessible under one roof.

“Apart from boats coming to be serviced at the slipway , our other two sections, fitting and machinery and welding fabrications provide various services like steel works, steel structures, steel buildings, we also do tanks say fuel tanks from wielding, ”he said.

There are around 25 specialised tradesmen employed at the MISEL slipway.

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