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Goundar Met PS, MSAF Suspension Lifted

  Goundar Shipping Limited managing director George Goundar had his suspension revoked hours after his Port User Identification was suspended by Fiji Ports Corporation Limited on Friday. The suspension was
21 Nov 2018 10:00
Goundar Met PS, MSAF Suspension Lifted
Lomaiviti Princess vessels berthed at Port Mua-i-Walu, Suva.

 

Goundar Shipping Limited managing director George Goundar had his suspension revoked hours after his Port User Identification was suspended by Fiji Ports Corporation Limited on Friday.

The suspension was revoked after Mr Goundar met with Permanent Secretary Infrastructure and Transport David Kolitagane and the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji on the same day.

Mr Goundar had had his ID temporarily suspended for verbally abusing the Suva harbor master and acting chief operating officer on the day.

“The verbal abuse and his continuous breach of the Seaport Management Regulation Act given that he was issued a final warning in February led FPCL to take action in suspending his port user ID card,” FPCL communications officer Losalini Bolatagici said yesterday in a press statement.

According to Mrs Bolatagici, Mr Goundar had breached three regulations which led to port officials entering GSL vessels berthed at Port Mua-i-walu last week.

“One of his vessels Lomaiviti Princess III has been in port for a number of weeks, he needed to move that out to make way for other vessels,” Mrs Bolatagici said.

“The other was that there were hot works taking place inside one of his vessel while in port and this was breaching regulations. This is causing pollution and he was told to stop carrying out such work while his vessel was in port,” she said.

“The other our (FPCL) enforcement officer had wanted to see him and because he was not in the officer was accompanied by one of his (GSL) staff down to the engine room.”

Meanwhile Mr Goundar said yesterday that FPCL staff entered his vessels without his permission and that provoked him.

“It is like you own a shop and someone enters without your permission. That is my investment, I have invested so much to bring those vessels over for those that need the service,” Mr Goundar said.

“I met with the PS and he agrees that they (FPCL) should respect my vessels,” he said.

“They (FPCL) need to be consistent with their services, one minute they are not allowing vehicles in the other they are allowing in vehicles with small children are running around.

“They should hire people who know the dynamics of work at a port, they need a lot to know about consistency and safety.”

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