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Goundar Shipping Taking Good Care Of Its Workers

According to MSAF acting chief executive officer Captain Philip Hill it has been five years since the SSM regulation was enacted.
03 Jul 2019 10:59
Goundar Shipping Taking Good Care Of Its Workers
Tucker time ... Goundar Shipping Limited staff yesterday, an event organised by the company.

Goundar Shipping Limited is taking good care of its employees during this period all its services ceased ,says GSL administration officer Ashni Devi Lal.

Ms Lal said GSL had hosted a barbeque lunch for its staff yesterday at their Walu Bay premises.

Shipping tycoon George Goundar is away in Japan making arrangements for Lomaiviti Princess 9’s trip to Fiji. Mr Goundar now has a fleet of eight inter island roll on roll off vessels. He hopes to bring in another two before August this year including Lomaiviti Princess 9.

Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji’s on Monday had stopped all GSL vessels from operating after it failed to comply with the Maritime (Safe Ships Management System) Regulation 2014 by July 1 deadline.

GSL’s roll on roll off inter island vessels ferry passengers, vehicles and cargo to Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Kadavu, Koro, Lau and other islands on regular schedules, franchise and charter services.

According to MSAF acting chief executive officer Captain Philip Hill it has been five years since the SSM regulation was enacted.

While 14 companies have complied with MSAF’s directive, GSL and South Island Shipping Services are not allowed to sail until they comply.

According to Captain Hill MSAF had applied the regulation in July last year, whereby they took captains, crew and the ship operators through training and awareness on that regulation.

Training assisted participants develop SSM documents, clarification and implementation guidelines.

MSAF also conducted progressive visits as follow up to development of companies’ respective document.

“There is also electronic recording system that comes with the SSMS whereby everything that happened onboard is recorded and in case there is an incident or accident, we can go back to those records and see where were the breaches and faults and we can put in corrective measures to improve those systems,” Captain Hill said.

“Without the safe management system we only go in to do investigations and our investigations are just as good as the evidence that is presented.

“GSL has failed to present its document that is why all its operations are ceased.”

GSL’s plea for a four-month extension has been denied. Captain Hill said allowing the four-month extension would be unfair on the majority who had complied on time.

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