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FFI Malau Reduces Berthing Rates

Fiji Forest Industries (FFI) Malau Jetty at Labasa berthing fees have been reduced to assist locals in the North. This follows the road damage between Nabouwalu and Savusavu Ports and
10 Feb 2021 10:23
FFI Malau Reduces Berthing Rates
Fiji Forest Industries Malau Jetty is the only land-based loading and unloading point but is available for private use in Labasa, Vanua Levu. Photo: Maraia Vula

Fiji Forest Industries (FFI) Malau Jetty at Labasa berthing fees have been reduced to assist locals in the North.

This follows the road damage between Nabouwalu and Savusavu Ports and Labasa.

Fiji Pine Limited chief executive officer Vimlesh Kumar said since the significant road damages left behind by the last two tropical cyclones there has been a need to use their Malau Jetty.

“We have considered and revised our berthing fees downwards to assist our people in the North.”

“We have communicated with the shipping companies of our revised berthing charges and terms. Interested shipping companies can come to Malau Jetty based on those terms,” said Mr Kumar.

Mr Kumar said since the cease of FFI mill operations at Malau the use of the Malau Jetty still does not yield them the profit they hope to make.

However, it covers administration and maintenance cost while keeping the small team employed.

“We do not benefit from the Jetty since Fiji Forest Industry (FFI) operations are closed; however, we have allowed the use of Jetty by private ferry operators for transfer of cargo to Vanua Levu.”

“We use this fee to cover for the costs associated with the upkeep of the jetty, access roads to the jetty and our administrative costs.”

Meanwhile, they confirmed as part of their service to the community they do not charge for chartered cargo vessels and shipping operators who are transporting relief.

“As part of our goodwill, we allowed two private shipping operators to berth for free last weekend. This was on the understanding that they took food relief items for Vanua Levu.”

“For National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) chartered services to bring in relief items for our people in Vanua Levu, we provide berthing at Malau Jetty for free.”

“However, vessels that bring in cargo or consignments for their clients constitute a business activity and, in such cases, berthing fee must be paid.”

He added the jetty is privately owned by FFI, that was bought by Tropik Wood Industries.

Tropik Wood Industries is a 100 percent subsidiary of Fiji Pine Limited.

 

Feedback: susana.tuilau@fijisun.com.fj



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