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Maersk Nadi Arrives With The Blessings Of Tui Nadi

Tui Nadi, Ratu Vuniani Navuniuci, and the people of Nadi, gave their blessings for the Maersk to name a ship in honour of the vanua and gateway Nadi. The revelation
16 Apr 2021 10:30
Maersk Nadi Arrives With The Blessings Of Tui Nadi
Sitting from left: Staff members of Shipping Services (Fiji) Mela Koroi, manager administration Jane Koi, Tokasa Lee, chief executive officer Jeffrey Lin, Cpt Laisiasa Gonewai, Fiji Ports Corporation Limited chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena, Shipping Services (Fiji) chairperson Seruwaia Hong-Tiy, managing director Bernard Hong-Tiy, Fiji Ports Terminal chief executive officer Hasthika Dela, Fiji Ports Terminal head of corporate services Salesh Kumar, Fiji Ports Terminal manager operations Nabeel Ali, Shipping Services (Fiji) operations manager Mosese Veremalua. Standing left to right: Staff members of Shipping Services (Fiji) Anish Chand, Vani Malo, Makelesi Tuvou, Poonam Mudaliar, Jolame Davetawalu, Ela Tavo, Anna Khan, Tomasi Lesivou, Matelita Qorovakarua, Yashika Devi, Mereseini Tuidama, Timoci Naqeilawa, Razia Mohammed, Jacqueline Lee, Elesi Qilio, Jone Erasito, Ilisapeci Sucu, Barbara Nasara, Manoa Ranasau at the Kings Wharf, Suva on April 15, 2021. Photo: Frederica Elbourne

Tui Nadi, Ratu Vuniani Navuniuci, and the people of Nadi, gave their blessings for the Maersk to name a ship in honour of the vanua and gateway Nadi.

The revelation from Maersk’s Fiji shipping agent Shipping Services (Fiji) was made as Maersk Nadi arrived on her maiden voyage to Fiji yesterday, where she was met with excitement from staff Shipping Services (Fiji), and some management members of Fiji Ports Terminal Limited and Fiji Ports Corporation Limited.

“The ship has the blessings of the people of the vanua of Nadi,” said Shipping Services (Fiji) managing director, Bernard Hong Tiy.

“When we received the confirmation that the vessel was to be named the Maersk Nadi, we set about to seek the blessing of the Tui Nadi, Ratu Vuniani Navuniuci, and in a traditional ceremony, he graciously bestowed them.

“Nadi is the base into which hundreds of thousands of visitors arrive and launch their travels around our beautiful country.

“Nadi is the epicentre of Fiji’s biggest revenue earner tourism, and traditionally is a much respected and forward-thinking vanua.”

“We are excited in the hope that Nadi will steadily return to the vibrant, busy centre it has always been, and the people who depend on tourism for a living will once again be able to get back to the jobs they love.

“Shipping Services and Maersk recognise the importance of Nadi and we share in the optimism of the thousands of people who call Nadi, home.”

The Maersk Nadi offloaded over 800 containers, and loaded 800 more, before she left last night for Lautoka.

Mr Hong Tiy said the arrival of a Maersk container ship, named in honour of the jet-set town and vanua of Nadi, was expected to signify optimism in the resurgence of the tourism industry.

The Maersk Nadi is one of two 2500 container capacity vessels servicing the ports of Suva and Lautoka, as part of Maersk’s new Sirius Star Service.

The second vessel, the MV Seaspan Hannover, called last week.

Both vessels will now feature as regular callers at Fijian ports.

Shipping Services (Fiji) managing director, Bernard Hong Tiy. Photo: Frederica Elbourne

Shipping Services (Fiji) managing director, Bernard Hong Tiy. Photo: Frederica Elbourne

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Mr Hong Tiy said the Sirius Star Service links Suva and Lautoka directly to the ports of Lyttleton, Timaru and Nelson in the South Island of New Zealand and two main global transhipment ports for Maersk in the region, Tauranga and Auckland, in the North Island.

He said naming a Maersk ship after the gateway to Fiji was an acknowledgement of the significance of the Fijian economy.

“Shipping Services (Fiji) is the only fully locally owned container line agency in Fiji today, and to have a Maersk ship named after a place in Fiji is a milestone achievement for us,” Mr Hong Tiy said.

The Maersk Nadi and Seaspan Hannover will operate in a combined weekly service between New Zealand and Fiji, with the vessel Capitaine Tasman, which is operated by Neptune Pacific Direct Line.

 

Feedback: frederica.elbourne@fijisun.com.fj



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