Fiji Sun : 2020-05-13

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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: wati.talebula@fijisun.com.fj

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