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Tongan Vessel Undergoes FSHIL Makeover

Captain Viliami Mafi has no regrets in bringing his vessel to Fiji to have it dry docked. Captain Mafi said the decision by his management to bring MV Tongiaki to
24 Oct 2018 10:00
Tongan Vessel Undergoes FSHIL Makeover
MV Tongiaki on the FHIL slipway.

Captain Viliami Mafi has no regrets in bringing his vessel to Fiji to have it dry docked.

Captain Mafi said the decision by his management to bring MV Tongiaki to slip with the Fiji Ships and Heavy Industries Limited (FSHIL) was the best decision taken.

The catamaran underwent a total overhaul last month including a unique paint job that was beyond the expectation of the owners.

“The job was great and I am so happy about the outcome,” Captain Mafi said.

He also praised the teamwork and the effort by the FSHIL workers.

“It was easy to get along with the supervisor. The painters and workers were very helpful and listen to whatever, we the customer wanted.”

Due to the unfavourable weather condition, the catamaran had to remain on the slip for another two weeks.

“The weather was not on our side. The work was behind schedule as the new paint job needed the sun but this aluminium built boat turned out pretty well and we are thankful to the team from FSHIL for a job well done,” he added.

FSHIL Operations Manager, Lopeti Radravu said they are always committed to meeting their customers’ needs as they strive to maintain a business culture that is customer-focused.

He said having MV Tongiaki on their slipway indicated that their services to the region were reliable and trustworthy.

The inter-island vessel belongs to the Friendly Island Shipping Agency, a wholly owned pubic enterprise of the Government of Tonga.

The MV Tongiaki was launched early in January by His Majesty King Tupou VI at the Queen Salote Wharf.

The $8.3 million pa’anga catamaran can carry up to 200 passengers.

FACT FILE

nFSHIL adheres to the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) standards. This professional, Accredited Certification Body, of which Fiji is a member country, complies with ISO-IEC 17021: 2006 for Ship Repair & Refit.

n Our full range of services include refits and conversions, maintenance, overhauls and ship repairs, with specialised crafts such as welding, industrial painting, pipefitting, ship fitting, electrical work, sandblasting, carpentry and rigging. We also offer shipbuilding capabilities.

n FSHIL is the subsidiary company of Fiji Ports Corporation Limited.

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