Local 17 FIJI SUN, WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2020 WWW.FIJISUN.COM.FJ Car Carriers’ Arrival Stalled WATI TALEBULA Chief executive officer (CEO) Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) Vajira Piyasena said this was an indication that Fiji has not been spared with the Coronavirus pandemic. SUVA T here has been no arrival of car carriers to Fiji since early April. Chief executive officer (CEO) Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) Vajira Piyasena said this was an indication that Fiji was not spared with the global coronavirus pandemic. “After the announcement of cruise vessels ban since March 16, 2020, a total of 166 freight and cargo vessels have arrived into Fiji not including the fishing vessels,” Mr Piyasena said. “A total of 485 international ships arrived from January until April 30, 2020,” he said. “In the first 18 weeks of this year, 13 car carriers came to Fiji.” The port of Suva was offloading recycled and brand new vehicles almost on a weekly basis in the first four months of this year. The actual number of vehicles offloaded is not available. The last vehicle carrier arrived in Suva on April 1, 2020. “International vessels berth at our port for the duration they need provided they observe regulatory requirements.” Meanwhile FPCL has observed stringent measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Fiji being the hub in the Pacific we are strategically positioned to also provide shipment to numerous smaller Pacific Island countries,” he said. “Under the current conditions no ships arrive and depart without thorough checks and no crew change takes place in this pandemic crisis on all our premises. “They can only embark to conduct ships business within the vicinity of the vessel, for example, the draft marks and cargo checks.” Feedback: email@example.com
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