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Goundar Still Hopeful For Another Tailevu Jetty

  The exorbitant berthing cost at the Port Mua-i-Walu is one of the reasons why Goundar Shipping Limited managing director George Goundar wants to build a new jetty at the
03 Oct 2018 10:00
Goundar Still Hopeful For Another Tailevu Jetty
Lomaiviti Princess I at Port Mua-i-Walu, Suva during their seventh anniversary on October 1, 2018. Photo: Shirika Shalini

 

The exorbitant berthing cost at the Port Mua-i-Walu is one of the reasons why Goundar Shipping Limited managing director George Goundar wants to build a new jetty at the Tailevu North coast in the Central Division.

“The berthing cost of the ships goes by tonnage even though I use the least space but I pay the most,” Mr Goundar said.

GSL has five vessels servicing the Lomaiviti group of islands, Kadavu, Savusavu and Taveuni.

“I pay close to $1 million annually as all my ships berth at Suva most times; sometimes more than three are berthed at one time.

“That’s why I don’t keep my ships at the jetty that long; I try to get them out at sea as it costs lot of money to be in port.”

The Nabouwalu-Natovi direct route is also one of the reasons why he intends to build a jetty.

“There is a demand out there and I have the number of vessels. I would be saving and diverting the money to better use should I have a jetty for all my five vessels,” he said.

“I should be able to service all maritime ports and jetties much to the convenience of islanders, businesshouses/companies, Government inclusively.”

Mr Goundar’s vision includes big ships on international trade and cruise liners.

 

Anniversary

On Monday Lomaiviti Princess I was decorated with bright colours as the shipping company celebrated its seventh anniversary.

In recognition of their commitment and service GSL gave $500 as bonus to each of  its employees.

“Be loyal to the company and the company will reward you,” Mr Goundar said.

“It is for their hard work and I request that they resume and continue the hard work they are doing,” he said.

“Everyone’s support and contribution has paid dividend to the company, this company is here to grow and it will grow stronger with your hard work so that we all move forward together.”

GSL had its maiden voyage on September 15, 2011 on board Lomaiviti Princess I and has not looked back since.

Mr Goundar bought Lomaiviti Princess I in 2011, Lomaiviti Princess II in 2013, Lomaiviti Princess III in 2015, Lomaiviti Princess IV in 2016 and Lomaiviti Princess V last year.

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