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Slipway Tradesman Continues Role At 67

Sixty- seven- year-old Manueli Duru is one of the experienced tradesmen at the Walu Bay- based slipway, Marine Industrial and Structural Engineering Limited (MISEL). He has a wealth of hands
27 Sep 2017 11:00
Slipway Tradesman  Continues Role At 67
Manueli Duru at the Marine Industrial and Structural Engineering Limited workshop in Walu Bay, Suva. Photo: Wilona Ravato

Sixty- seven- year-old Manueli Duru is one of the experienced tradesmen at the Walu Bay- based slipway, Marine Industrial and Structural Engineering Limited (MISEL).

He has a wealth of hands on knowledge on steel works, fabrication and engineering, the Vanua Levu man who has worked for MISEL for 23 years is also a shareholder in the company.

As energetic and cheerful as his years of experience, he said that he has not had any welding, fabrication and engineering formal education.

“I just came to Suva in search of a job opportunity in the agricultural area until one day back in 1972, I helped one of my friend’s with welding and my interest for this work developed,” Mr Duru added.

He said that his observation over the years in this field has given him a lot of challenges and that he has gladly overcome.

“At the end of the day, my strength and energy to do this work comes from God alone.”

At the crack of dawn every morning he leaves his home in Nakasi to start off his day at the MISEL workshop, but before anything else he puts his life in God’s hands.

“Working in this field is not an easy job, lifting heavy things, dealing with steel works, repairing of vessels, steel fabrication, and being cautious while using the equipment all in the purpose to get the work done,” Mr Duru said.

Mr Duru humbly attributes his successful career as an experienced and successful tradesman to his loving family who has been his pillar of support throughout the years.

A smile crossed his face as he sat back and reflected and unconsciously said: “I’ve had my share of fun times, but I was a hard worker.

“My father had passed away before I was born so when I came to Suva, I wanted to make my family proud,” he said.

Since then Mr Duru is one of the most reliable, father-like figure in the workshop and effortlessly renders his knowledge to the younger employees that work with him.

“I like to help everyone here every day it is the beauty of all the things that I’ve learned throughout my years.”

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