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Goundar Shipping Crew to Bring Back $5M Vessel

Crew members of Goundar Shipping Limited (GSL) are all geared towards bringing in their fifth vessel – the MV Lomaiviti Princess V in November. The 15 crew of GSL are
27 Sep 2017 11:00
Goundar Shipping Crew to Bring Back $5M Vessel
Goundar Shipping Limited’s ferry; MV Lomaiviti Princess.

Crew members of Goundar Shipping Limited (GSL) are all geared towards bringing in their fifth vessel – the MV Lomaiviti Princess V in November.

The 15 crew of GSL are confirmed to depart the country for Canada on October 1.

Company managing director and owner, George Goundar said that the MV Lomaiviti Princess V is deemed to be the largest and fastest vessel in his fleet of ships.

The company invested US$2.5million (FJ$5m) on this vessel.

The vessel is proposed to serve the northern routes – Suva-Savusavu-Taveuni route on a daily basis.

“This new vessel is going to be servicing Taveuni as we expect a peak passenger travelling period towards the end of the year,” he said.

Mr Goundar added that passengers can also expect fares to drop to as low as $30 when the vessel will operate.

“We want passengers to take advantage of the service that we will provide with this new vessel during the holiday season.”

His crew is expected to arrive in Canada on October 2 where they will undergo a week of orientation.

“The orientation is aimed at familiarising my crew on the systematics of operating the vessel before they go to dry dock and learn more of the external work on the vessel.”

The vessel is expected to undergo maintenance work, surveying and painting at the dry dock in Victoria, British Columbia in Canada.

“Our young engineers will be able to evaluate and enhance their knowledge more on the underwater parts of the vessel when it goes up the slipway,” he said.

Mr Goundar added that there will be sea trials conducted towards the end of October whereby two Maritime Safety and Authority of Fiji officials will also survey the vessel.

“We are anticipating this trip as it also exposes my local seafarers abroad and enhances their skills and sets the platform for the rest of my local crew to work harder for future deliveries of Goundar shipping vessels.”

Senior master and manager ships, Captain InokeRatotodro said that the local crew have been handpicked based on their qualifications, work performance and commitment to the company.

He said for the more experienced crew members who are familiar with such deliveries, it was a good time to pass on first-hand knowledge to the younger crew members on board.

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