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Savusavu Jetty Needs Urgent Fix: Goundar

A  local ship operator has called on authorities to look into the current state of the Savusavu Jetty in Vanua Levu. Goundar Shipping Limited (GSL) owner and managing director George
06 Sep 2017 11:00
Savusavu Jetty Needs Urgent Fix: Goundar
Lomaiviti Princess 1 berthed at Savusavu Jetty earlier this year. Photo: Taraivini Seru

A  local ship operator has called on authorities to look into the current state of the Savusavu Jetty in Vanua Levu.

Goundar Shipping Limited (GSL) owner and managing director George Goundar has expressed concerns over the current state of the jetty, deeming it to be unsafe for use.

Mr Goundar said that it is paramount to maintain the safety of his passengers and vehicle owners that pass through the Savusavu jetty.

“The jetty is at the stage where it needs emergency repair as it looks like it is about to collapse and the safety of passengers and trucks is my concern,” he said.

Mr Goundar said he personally contacted the Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport, Paul Bailey and informed him abouthis concern.

“He (Mr Bayly) has responded to my email and has said that the authorities from the Fiji Roads Authority have been informed.”

Telephone calls made to Mr Bayly for a comment remained unanswered. Emailed questions to the Fiji Roads Authority also remained unanswered when this edition went to press last night.

GSL services Savusavu, Taveuni, Koro, Kadavu, Northern Lau, Yasayasa Moala, Matuku, Totoya and Rotuma group.

Meanwhile, the Lomaiviti Princess IV is set to undergo maintenance on September 13 as part of the vessel’s normal routine.

“The parts are arriving from Singapore as it was stuck in Korea for about six weeks awaiting transhipment to Fiji. We’ve booked it for two days and it cost us about $1700 to have it repaired and maintained,” he said.

Passengers can expect the Lomaiviti Princess IV to serve its Natuvu run in a fortnight’s time.

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