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Welcome Lomaiviti Princess V

His humble personality has brought him this far. This was how Indra Goundar described her husband George Goundar, managing director for Goundar Shipping Limited. The couple celebrated yet another milestone
30 Nov 2017 10:07
Welcome Lomaiviti Princess V
Lomaiviti Princess in the Suva harbour yesterday. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua.

His humble personality has brought him this far.

This was how Indra Goundar described her husband George Goundar, managing director for Goundar Shipping Limited.

The couple celebrated yet another milestone as they welcomed their fifth vessel, Lomaiviti Princess V at Port-Mua-i-walu, Suva, yesterday.

Mrs Goundar said it was emotional to see her husband achieved yet another of his goals.

“Shipping industry is a very challenging business,” she said.

“We are never at rest because in this business, you don’t really know the kind of weather that is waiting for you at sea.

“One thing about my husband is; he’s always focused on making sure that the people get the services they need and he is always there for everyone that needs him. That is our main mission and vision in making a difference in the industry.

“I am very proud of my husband and we are blessed. Today is a very exciting and emotional day for us,” she said.

Mr Goundar said Lomaiviti Princess V is the biggest inter-island vessel in Fiji with five-star facilities on board.

The vessel was an investment of $2.5 million and has created 55 new jobs for the Fijians.

Mr Goundar said people are demanding for comforts and as a stakeholder, they need to provide it.

Gone are the days when the small vessels and ferries are used, he says.

The vessel is expected to leave for its maiden voyage to Kadavu on December 11 then to Savusavu on December 12.

“People will enjoy this vessel and there will be a 30 per cent decrease in the fare,” said Mr Goundar.

He was thankful to be blessed with hardworking and loyal employees in the past few years of his business.

“This is a plus for Fiji and just as the buses on the roads are upgrading, we also need to upgrade and improve our services. We are getting there,” he said.

“Running a shipping company is challenging,” he said.

With the moving technology, Mr Goundar said there will be CCTV cameras and they are also working on upgrading their network systems where passengers can track the vessels and know its exact location.

“With this technology, passengers don’t have to wait at the jetty for hours.”

Proud mom Daya Goundar said yesterday was again another exciting day for her.

“I am very proud of my son’s achievements,” she said.

“Seeing my son’s fifth vessel today makes me the happiest woman.

“He is really a hardworking boy,” she said.

She added that the business has been running well and she prays that God will help her son in his business.

Details Of  The Lomaiviti Princess V

Previously known as Queen of Nanaimo.

Built in 1964 for British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.

Length 130 metres

Speed: 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph)

Capacity: 1,500 passengers and 192 cars

Sold to Goundar Shipping Limited on September 2017

Route: Suva-Savusavu-Taveuni

Expected sailing time: 7 hours (Suva-Savusavu)

Feedback:  selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj



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