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No Limitations to Berth: Dela

Container vessel Southern Moana’s delay in clearing from the Port of Suva was a concern to its local agent Transam Limited.
22 Jul 2020 16:23
No Limitations to Berth: Dela
Cargo ship Papuan Chief berth at Suva Harbour on July 21, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

There are no limitations in the number of days a ship can berth at the Suva Port says Fiji Ports Terminal Limited (FPTL) chief executive officer Hasthika Dela .

“The discharging and loading of containers from and to the vessels are according to the provided plans by the ship agents,” Mr Dela said yesterday.

“Likewise there are also no charges or levies imposed on the vessels or their agents for operational delays,” he said.

Fiji Ports Terminal Limited chief executive officer Hasthika Dela

Fiji Ports Terminal Limited chief executive officer Hasthika Dela

Container vessel Southern Moana’s delay in clearing from the Port of Suva was a concern to its local agent Transam Limited.

The vessel had arrived from Lautoka on Sunday to offload 200 containers of general cargo and frozen foods in Suva.

FPTL worked on Southern Moana from Monday at 10am and completed loading on dalo containers after midday yesterday.

“They were offloading containers from Monday up to yesterday (Tuesday) before it departed for Apia, Samoa,” a Transam Limited officer said.

“They (FPTL) did not tell us what caused the delay, but any delay is worrying because if we have Southern Moana in port for more than two days, we would be paying for every container offloaded/loaded.

“This will not only be costing us money but also causing delay to its arrival at the next port. This is what we want to avoid.”

Meanwhile, Mr Dela confirmed that no charges or levies were imposed on vessels or their agents for operational delays.

“FPTL commenced operations yesterday (Monday) at 1000hrs and will be completed today (yesterday) at 1300hrs.

“The total container exchange is 549 and operations progressed as agreed with the agents,” Mr Dela said.

The containers of dalo are supplied by Ben’s Trading Limited for exportation to Australia and America.

Amid this, cargo ship Papuan Chief was delayed at the Suva harbour.

Local agent Swire Shipping Limited confirmed that Papuan Chief came through Noumea, New Caledonia before offloading general cargo at Lautoka.

“Most of the cargoes are general items destined for Fiji,” the Swire Shipping officer said.

Meanwhile, car carrier Tokyo Car is expected to be in Suva on Friday.

Local agent Campbell’s Shipping Agency declined to comment on the number and types of vehicles to be offloaded at the capital city the next two days.

The origin departure port for the car carrier vessel was Japan; its voyage included Brisbane, Auckland then the port of Suva.

Feedback: lusiana.tuimaisala@fijisun.com.fj



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