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Ship building revival

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

GOVERNMENT'S determination to revive ship building in the country was reiterated by the Minister for Works, Transport and Public Utilities Colonel Timoci Natuva at the launch of the inaugural 2012 Denarau Boat Show in Nadi last week.

Col. Natuva said Fiji had a ship building industry that was highly regarded across the Pacific until it was wound up in 1991.

"There is great potential out there in ship building in Fiji," Col. Natuva said.

"We were at one time building world class vessels like the motor vessel Reef Endeavour and I believe we could do it again," he said.

"I'm pleased to announce that government intends to resurrect and revitalise our ship building industry once again in the future.

"The old dock at Suva is expected to be dismantled to make way for a new docking and ship building facility," he added.

Col. Natuva said government's commitment to rebuilding the industry would begin with the introduction of courses at tertiary level.

"Government in its effort to ensure that we have a vibrant and strong ship building industry has embarked and worked closely in collaboration with the Fiji National University (FNU) for the reintroduction of ship building courses curriculum after it was scrapped in 1992 following the continuous decline in Fiji ship building interests," he said.

Col. Natuva said government was paving a way to ensure the return of ship building in the country to its former glory.





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