SHIPPING

Goundar Shipping Limited To Send Staff Overseas For High Speed Ferries Training

“I have talked to the chief executive officer of the Fiji Roads Authority and he is on board with it and he will be one of the candidates that will be pushing for us to have that service.
21 Aug 2019 16:41
Goundar Shipping Limited  To Send Staff Overseas For High Speed Ferries Training
Goundar Shipping Limited managing director George Goundar.

Goundar Shipping Limited (GSL) will be sending their staff to Australia to undergo high-speed ferries training next year.

GSL managing director George Goundar while confirming this yesterday said this was in preparation for the ferries service he hopes to take up soon in the Central division.

Mr  Goundar’s ferry services will ease traffic currently faced in the Nausori-Suva and Lami-Suva corridor.

Travelling between Nausori and Suva and also between Suva and Navua now is time-consuming with the number of vehicles on the road and the works on the Tamavua-i-wai bridge before Delainavesi.

Apart from the bridge works, travel time between Navua and Suva now is four times longer with road works also along the Delainavesi to Suvavou bridge.

“On the side, I have talked to some staff of the ministry and once we finalise the deal I will approach them with full force for them to look at the idea,” Mr Goundar said.

“I have talked to the chief executive officer of the Fiji Roads Authority and he is on board with it and he will be one of the candidates that will be pushing for us to have that service.

“It is a win-win situation. Once they get the training it will be easier for them to work.

“I am very proud of our local seafarers as they can step up to international standards.

He said the West was also part of their plan.

“We will be going down to the West to look at areas that are open for ferry services,” Mr Goundar said.

“The four high-speed ferries will be brought from Europe and that is all I can say for now.”

Mr Goundar also confirmed that he was getting offers from interested parties in regards to the sale of some of his vessels.

“We had a couple of offers that have come in and I was not happy with the offers,” he said.

“We had an offer from Vanuatu and they came to see the vessel last week but I will not be selling my ships cheap because I am not desperate.”

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