Goundar Plans to Spend $24m on Ves­sels, $14m On High Speed Fer­ries

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Goundar Ship­ping’s crew mem­bers dur­ing the com­mis­sion­ing of the ves­sel at Port Mua-i-Walu 2 on July 20, 2019. $10m to buy the four in­ter is­land roll on roll off ves­sels.

Mr Goundar said the new fer­ries will travel at the speed of 35 knots and will be able to travel from Nau­sori to Suva within 20 min­utes.

“We all have seen the heavy traf­fic that we have to en­dure in the morn­ings and af­ter­noons in the Suva to Nau­sori cor­ri­dor, hav­ing these high-speed fer­ries will ease the traf­fic and solve this on­go­ing prob­lem,” Mr Goundar said “I hope to sit with Gov­ern­ment and rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to talk about this plan that I have in mind,” he said

“Just imag­ine catch­ing a ferry from Nau­sori to Suva in only 20 min­utes with a fare of only $3. We want to make lives eas­ier for Fi­jians and we will do so to prove that we are here to serve all Fi­jians. “I would love to have talks with them to have a proper jetty in Nau­sori where the old bridge is and also con­vert it into a park­ing lot where peo­ple can ac­tu­ally park their cars and take the ferry to Suva.”

He said: “We need to think out­side the box and ev­ery­one needs to work to­gether.

“I com­mend the hard­work of my staff, they are very loyal and through them this com­pany grows. We have been through a lot but my staff have been very loyal and that has been able to drive the com­pany for­ward dur­ing our test­ing times.”

Ac­cord­ing to Goundar the last of the four ves­sels he is pur­chas­ing this year is Simione Har­a­vanua ex­pected to ar­rive in the coun­try be­fore the year ends.

For the four new

ves­sels this year Mr Goundar had set aside $10mil­lion for their pur­chase.

Mean­while of Mr Goundar’s nine ves­sels, four are still docked of which one needs en­gine re­pair­ing and the other three yet to meet MSAF’s Ma­rine Safety Stan­dards “Af­ter we have sorted our issue with MSAF we will then work on get­ting over to Fiji.”

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