Fiji Sun : 2020-06-24

SHIPPING : 16 : 16


WEDNESDAY Shipping JUNE 24, 2020 | 3 PAGES­ng Sun FIJI Freight Services Face Slowdown “We also have specialise­d divisions in the audio-visual sector, heavy haulage, cruise liner, crew manning and overseas household removals.” He listed items and goods imported as both dry and chilled, manufactur­ed household products and equipment, general cargo and items for the manufactur­ing sector. “With the COVID-19 pandemic, we have implemente­d a number of safety measures for our employees and customers, and realigning resources to areas of need. “The shipping sector has done a brilliant job in managing COsID-1V risks by taking early action to put in place protocols on ships to ensure that crew members are not a conduit for disease spread. “This has included daily testing, strict restrictio­n on crew interface with shore side labour, and the extension of crew shifts so as not to break the on board bubble.” He said like all other companies, given the reduction in revenue during this period, they had looked at reducing operating costs. “Our services start from shipping agencies, customs clearance, cartage, warehousin­g, and delivery unpacking. LUSIANA TUIMAISALA SUVA He said like all other companies, given the reduction in revenue during this period, they had looked at reducing operating costs. A local shipping agent has reduced its usual weekly New Zealand to Fiji connection to three sailings a month following the COsID-1V pandemic outbreak. Williams C dosling Pte Limited (W&G) chief executive officer, Eddie vuen said they had modest cutback in capacity and service frequency in the shipping sector. WCd is an independen­t air and sea freight forwarder, operating within a network of freight forwarders and agents worldwide. “Before COsID-1V the company handled airfreight on 24 flights (air freight) per week from Nadi. Since COVID-19, the number of flights is operating at four per week,” Mr vuen said. “The shipping sector remains the vital link to Fiji,” he said. They are agents for Hamburg Sud, Transam Fiji, Hernings Shipping and ASP Ship Management Pty. Limited. PLAN For short term plan, the company is working to navigate the present economic conditions by realigning resources and reducing variable expenses. “Beyond that, our focus is on key customers using the extension of services we have on offer and to become further specialise­d in key areas of our business.” He concluded that despite the company laying off some of its staff, they still have an outstandin­g team and have been able to deploy them to where they are needed most to continue smooth operations. They have offices located in Suva, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba and Savusavu. Vanuatu Islands. Some of the cargo their list include and the Solomon WCd are agents to 1M foreign vessels that now call into Fiji ports including Vuda, Lautoka and Suva on a monthly basis now. vessels on Capitaine Dampier, Capitaine Quiros, Island Chief, Capitaine Wallis, Kota Hapas, Capitaine Tasman Liloa II. and CARGO VESSELS The 1M cargo vessels come from Australia and New Zealand to supply goods and items to Pacific Island Countries (PICs) such as Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, the Cooks Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Wallis and Futuna, EXPORT and IMPORT Mr Yuen said the company exports turmeric, kava, taro, fish, and garments, building materials, cement, and manufactur­ed goods. Feedback: lusiana.tuimaisala@fijisun. Kota Hapas

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