The Fiji Times

Company wants authoritie­s involved

- By ANISH CHAND

A GOUNDAR Shipping Ltd ferry was not able to berth at the Ellington wharf in Rakiraki yesterday.

The company has urged authoritie­s to intervene and ensure their boats are able to sail from there.

The Lomaiviti Princess 6 was not allowed to berth because a Patterson Shipping ferry was already at the jetty.

“What they have done is blocked off the jetty and they have no scheduled service for Monday, but I am sailing at 4am to Nabouwalu,” said Goundar Shipping managing director George Goundar.

“I have a letter from Fiji Roads Authority to say the jetty is for public use. It is our intention to provide service to the public and I hope we can all do this amicably,” he said.

George Patterson of Patterson Brothers Shipping told The Fiji Times that the Ellington-Nabouwalu route belonged to his company.

“Why does he want to come into our route, he’s got Suva, Lomaiviti and Kadavu. He should stick to his routes,” he said.

Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji and police officers were at the Ellington wharf yesterday to speak to the captain of the vessel Spirit of Altruism belonging to Patterson Brothers Shipping which was still berthed at the wharf when this edition went to press.

Patterson Shipping is to start a Tuesday and Saturday service this week.

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